Late Sunday night, a helpful neighbor saw smoke coming from the house across the street on 18th Avenue SW. Knowing that one of the occupants was an elderly woman with mobility issues, he quickly ran into the house to assist her. He carried her in his arms to safety. The other five residents were able to exit quickly on their own.
There were no injuries from this 2-alarm house fire that caused $300,000 damage. The fire started when a lamp tipped over onto a pile of clothes in a room off of the garage. A resident used two fire extinguishers to fight the visible flames. When the fire appeared to be extinguished, he left the room. A short time later he returned to find a fully involved room fire. He and his roommates attempted again to put water on the fire but it grew too fast. Once they realized that they couldn’t conquer the rapidly growing fire, they called 9-1-1 and exited the building.
Having a fire extinguisher in an accessible location can help keep your home fire safe. The most important step is to immediately call 9-1-1 at the first sign of a fire. Once you know that help is on the way, you can then decide if the fire is small enough to utilize your fire extinguisher. Make sure to keep your exit behind you at all times. If you are unable to extinguish the fire, close the door and get out. Never put yourself or others at risk. For additional home fire safety resources, visit the fact sheets on fire evacuation planning and fire extinguishers.