Electric Baseboard Heater Causes Fire Damage
August 17, 2011
The first call came in to 911 dispatchers at 2:14 PM with a caller reporting “smoke and flames coming from the third floor windows” at 1650 Tongass Avenue, the Trident bunkhouse. First arriving units were on the scene in less than two minutes. When firefighters arrived, all of the occupants were safely outside and smoke was showing from the third floor.
Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly. Due to properly operating sprinklers and a short response time the fire at the Trident bunkhouse was contained to the room of origin and damage was minimal to the structure.
The cause of the fire was a dresser too close to the electric baseboard heat radiator. 17 Ketchikan Fire Department members responded along with mutual aid provided by North and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Departments.
The City of Ketchikan Building Officials are working with the owner of the bunkhouse to make repairs.
Ketchikan Fire Department personnel also responded to two other emergencies during the fire.
No injuries were reported.
Chief Share reminds everyone to be sure to check smoke alarms and have an escape plan with your families.
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