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Middle of the Night Fire Displaces 3 in Longview (Photo) - 12/04/19

On the early morning of December 4th at 2:33 AM Longview Fire was dispatched to a reported house fire located at 2698 Maplewood Dr. Dispatchers advised responding fire units the property owners had placed the 911 call and were re-entering the home to retrieve keys so they could move their vehicles and motorhome to allow firefighters to better access the scene.

Longview Fire arrived on scene 8 minutes after dispatch; Maplewood Drive is accessed off Columbia Heights Rd. Firefighters were greeted by the property owners advising that everybody was out and they had a fire in the kitchen ceiling. Firefighters quickly accessed the attic space and found a fire that had been smoldering for quite some time. Firefighters extinguished the fire and overhauled the immediate area. The fire had smoldered long enough to burn through the bottom cords of the ceiling joists.

The property owners told firefighters they were asleep when they heard a crashing sound so they got up to investigate, finding the newly installed ceiling fan had crashed to the floor and they could see fire in the attic. All three occupants escaped, including one who is confined to a wheelchair.

The fire was declared under control within 20 minutes, however firefighters remained on scene for over an hour to fully overhaul the fire area. The fire investigator determined the fire started at the electrical box where the ceiling fan had been installed. The family was displaced from the fire and was able to seek refuge and short term housing in their motorhome.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) the time period from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. accounts for 51 percent of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. At the time of their deaths, 37 percent of fire victims in residential buildings were trying to escape; escape factors include unfamiliarity with exits, excessive travel distance to the nearest clear exit, choice of an inappropriate exit route, and re-entering the building after a safe exit. Longview Fire Department reminds everyone that if a fire breaks out in your home, get out and stay out, and don’t re-enter until after the fire department advises it’s safe to re-enter.

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