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Posted on: December 8, 2017

Incident Report - 267 Chirco Avenue Structure Fire


CENTRAL FIRE DISTRICT

INCIDENT MEDIA RELEASE


DATE OF INCIDENT:  12/6/17                                              DISPATCH TIME: 00:21

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Structure fire

LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 267 Chirco Avenue

OCCUPANT/OWNER OF PROPERTY: Christopher Thomas

BRIEF SCENARIO OF INCIDENT: Early this morning, SCR 911 received several calls reporting a fire in an attached garage at this residence. Shortly thereafter, numerous 911 calls were received reporting a garage fully involved in fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and witnessed flames coming from the roll-up garage door and extending to the exterior of the home. An aggressive attack was made on the fire to contain it to the garage and prevent its spread into the living spaces. The fire was primarily contained to the garage; however, there was some extension into concealed spaces on the second and third floors of the home. These areas proved to be difficult to access from the interior of the home. Firefighters were able to use an aerial ladder to access the concealed fire from the roof. This operation was somewhat time consuming because several tree limbs had to be cut to provide access for the ladder. The fire was extinguished and the home was turned over to the occupants.
The fire was discovered by one of the occupants who heard a smoke alarm sounding on the first floor. When he investigated, he discovered smoke on the first floor of the home coming from the garage. He alerted the remaining family members and they evacuated the home. All of the residents evacuated safely without injury. The house has been determined to be uninhabitable due to smoke and fire damage.

INJURIES: N/A

FATALITIES: N/A.

TOTAL TIME TO CONTAIN: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME TO CONTROL: 1.5 hours

NUMBER OF CENTRAL UNITS AND PERSONNEL: Engines –3, Trucks – 1, Rescue Vehicle – 1, Chief Officers – 1, Firefighters – 15, Fire Prevention Officer – 1.

AUTOMATIC AID/MUTUAL AID USED: AMR – 1 field supervisor, SC City Fire Department – 2 engines, Aptos la Selva Fire Protection District – 1 engine.

INVESTIGATION STATUS: The area of origin appears to be the northwest corner of the garage. This fire is considered to be accidental. The cause is under investigation.

PREPARED BY: Mike DeMars – Public Information Officer

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