Four occupants and several pets escaped an intense fire that caused extensive damage to a home at 320 Harrison Ave. on New Years Eve. Shortly before 3:00 AM, several reports of a fire were received, and on arrival of the first P.D. units a working fire was confirmed. Heavy fire was venting out of the second floor and attic of the 2 ½ story frame dwelling when fire companies arrived. A second alarm was immediately transmitted, followed with a third alarm for cover. With all occupants accounted for, an interior attack was commenced. Members made the second floor in the rear, but the design of the home made finding the stairway to the attic impossible. With no access to the attic and conditions on the second floor deteriorating, the decision was made to pull members from the structure and put a deck gun from Engine 2 into operation.
The master stream plus several handlines had the heavy fire quickly knocked down. Companies were once again able to enter the structure to hit hot spots while trucks opened up. A line was stretched up the stick for use in the attic, but the stairs were located in a rear closet and the line was able to be advanced from the interior.
The fire was placed under control in about one hour with no injuries. The cause is under investigation.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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