Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Early morning house fire ignited by faulty electrical wiring

Incident Date:  4/2/13
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  6212 S. Gove Street
Incident Type:  Residential Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 3:31 a.m. firefighters from station 7 responded for a report of the smell of smoke in a house.  Upon their arrival, they found fire had started in a wall in the kitchen and spread into the attic and roof area of the single story house. The Engine 7 officer upgraded the operational response and they were quickly joined by additional firefighters from stations 2,8,16,17.

Crews extinguished the fire with handlines, ventilated the attic space, and conducted search and rescue of the home. A fire investigator determined that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring, resulting in an estimated $25,000 damage to the building and its contents.

One occupant received relocation assistance from the Red Cross, and their were no injuries to report.

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