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April 2, 2013 > Fremont Fire Report

Fremont Fire Report

Submitted By Battalion Chief Douglas McKelvey, FFD

The Fremont Fire Department responded to a report of a fire outside the structure at the 34311 Maybird Cir. First responding crews reported seeing smoke visible from the Fire Station on Deep Creek Road (Station 10). When fire crews arrived on scene they observed a fire on the exterior of the structure burning up the side of the house and into the attic. The fire was also spreading to the house next door. Both of these homes had wood siding which aided in the spread of the fire.

Quick action by the first arriving company prevented the fire from continuing to extend to the neighboring home and they were able to knock down the bulk of the fire on the exterior of the primary home, but the fire had already spread into the attack space. As other crews arrived on scene, the fire was aggressively attacked from inside the structure, outside where it had begun and from the roof where it was continuing to spread.

After about 30 minutes the crews were able to contain the fire, but not before it had done significant damage to the exterior and to the attic spaces. There was also quite a bit of water inside the structure due to firefighting efforts. Crews remained on scene for several hours ensuring there were no hidden fires, cleaning up the damage and investigating the cause.

At the time of the fire there was one occupant in the home whom was reportedly awakend and evacuated by a neighbor prior to the arrival of the fire department. The occupant later requested medical attention for symptoms not related to the fire. The occupant was evaluated by EMS personnel on scene and subsequently transported to the hospital.

The incident was reported at 4:30 p.m. and crews were engaged for two hours and 45 minutes. Control of the fire was achieved at 5:12 p.m. Damage to the structure was estimated at $200,000 and contents, $50,000. Twenty-two FFD personnel and six equipment were involved.

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