Ketchikan Man Pronounced Dead at Scene of Apartment Fire
By MARY KAUFFMAN
January 11, 2017
Firefighters made entry into the involved apartment and began a primary search, they immediately located and removed one occupant from the apartment who was unharmed. A second occupant, 49-year-old Weston Scott Davis, was subsequently located and removed by the responders from the room of the fire's origin. According to information provided by the Ketchikan Fire Department's Chief Abner Hoage, despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pictured left to right: FF/Medic Terry Roberts, Assistant Chief Scott Brainard, Senior Medic Greg Karlik, & Captain Dave Breitkreutz
Davis' body was turned over to the Ketchikan Police Department and will be sent to the State Medical Examiner for determination of cause of his cause of death. A third building occupant not from the involved apartment was also evaluated for medical issues and released at the scene. Names of the surviving first and second occupants were not released.
In all thirty-one firefighters and Emergency Medical Service providers with ten apparatus responded from Ketchikan Fire Department, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, and North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, as well as three officers from the Ketchikan Police Department.
According to Fire Chief Hoage, the fire was contained to the room of origin and under control within approximately twenty-minutes of arrival on scene; however, crews remained on scene conducting salvage & overhaul operations and protecting property from further water damage for several hours.
Chief Hoage said the Fire Marshal has investigated the scene and has determined the fire was ignited by smoking materials.
Hoage said there were no smoke detectors were in the apartment; however, the building fire sprinkler system did activate containing the fire to a single room.
Chief Hoage said, "The public is reminded that smoke detectors provide an early warning to fires within a building and recommends an operating smoke detector be installed in every bedroom an on each level of your home and that they be tested regularly and have fresh batteries installed once per year."
Davis graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1986.
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