Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Combustibles near a baseboard heater spark house fire on South "K" Street.

Incident Date:  10/30/13
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 7843 S. "K" Street
Incident Type:  Residential House Fire

Narrative:  At 9:15 a.m., Firefighters from stations 1,2,7,8,9,11,15, 61 and 63 responded to a reported fire.

The first arriving company found heavy flames and smoke coming from a single story approximately 1,000 square foot house. Crews attacked the fire with handlines, ventilated the metal roof of the structure to release the heat and smoke, and conducted a search of the house to confirm no one was trapped inside.

The Red Cross was requested to provide relocation assistance for one adult and two children displaced in the incident. The cause of the fire was combustible materials near a baseboard heater igniting, resulting in an estimated $50,000 damage to the building and its contents.

When it comes to heater safety, remember to keep combustibles "three feet from the heat."