Sunday, June 11, 2017

Quick Response Averts Duplex Fire (Photo)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: June 11th, 2017 1:04 PM
Downloadable file: Lt. Matt Amos and crew remove burning siding from duplex.
Longview, WA -- Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a structure fire at 240 Cypress in Longview around 10:34 Sunday. During the response, dispatch advised that they were receiving multiple 911 calls about a large fire at the incident location.

Engine 82 was just returning from a medical alarm in the vicinity of the fire allowing them to arrive within 3 minutes of the dispatch. There were 20-foot flames from the rear of the duplex as 82's crew initiated fire suppression operations. The fire was controlled quickly with the majority of the damage limited to the carport and storage structure behind the duplex. Siding and a window on the duplex were damaged but the duplex remains inhabitable.

Two nearby structures were occupied at the time of the fire but there were no injuries reported. The carport was vacant except for storage; no vehicles were damaged.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

"A typical uncontrolled fire doubles in size every 45-60 seconds", said Longview Fire Battalion Chief Eric Koreis. This incident occurred in a location that is about the midpoint between Longview's existing fire stations. "Response times are usually beyond our control and based on fire station location", said Koreis. Crews said this near miss was largely averted because an engine was in the area at the time of the call.
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