Update to Saturday lightning caused house fire in Flagstaff

July 29th, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Just after 1400 hours today, the FFD dispatched two fire engines, one rescue, and one battalion chief to the report of a home struck by lightning with fire spreading into the attic.  Dispatch information of a working fire prompted the battalion chief to upgrade the assignment, which dispatched an additional three engines to assist.

Image courtesy of Flagstaff Fire Department

First arriving units on scene found an actively burning fire in the rear of the home with smoke and flames visible. The occupants of the home informed fire crews on scene that everyone had already safely exited the home except for the family cat, who they believed was safe and in hiding.    Firefighters stretched an attack line for fire control, secured a water supply from a nearby fire hydrant, performed a rapid search of the home for additional threats and fire extension, and secured utilities.

All told, more than 16 firefighters were utilized for nearly two hours to ensure proper and safe fire control.  Attic fires pose a unique and laborious challenge to firefighters, as they are often difficult to access and thoroughly extinguish, while still paying regard to property conservation and preventing further damage to the homeowner’s belongings.  An estimated damage cost has not yet been compiled.

Today was an exceptionally busy day for the FFD, which follows suit with most days in which inclement weather impacts the region.  As usual, we would like to thank Highlands Fire Department, Summit Fire and Medical Department, and Guardian Medical Transport who provide back up support and coverage while we have units otherwise committed.  Stay safe.

 

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