Thursday, October 31, 2013

Combustibles too close to a heater started house fire on S. Wilkeson St.

Incident Date:  10/31/13
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  2106 S. Wilkeson St.
Incident Type:  House Fire

Narrative:  At 6:58 a.m., Firefighters from stations 1,2,4 and 9 responded to a reported residential structure fire.

The first arriving company found heavy flames and smoke showing from the back of the one story approximately 1,000 square foot house. Crews attacked the fire with handlines and searched the structure to confirm no one was trapped inside.

Working smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire, and all five were able to escape. Two occupants were evaluated and treated by paramedics and released on-scene. The Red Cross was requested to provide relocation assistance to the two adults and three children displaced in the blaze.

The cause of the fire was bedding too close to a baseboard heater ignited resulting in an estimated $38,000 damage to the building and its contents.