Efforts to thaw frozen pipes cause fire
December 13, 2016
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Monday morning the Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from an outlet in a residence located near the 300 block of Deermount. On arrival crews found smoke coming from the residence and upgraded the alarm to a structure fire. The resident had evacuated the home prior to the Fire Department's arrival.
The Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from an outlet in a residence located near the 300 block of Deermount
Photo courtesy City of Ketchikan Fire Department
The fire was located under the structure extending up through a wall into the house. Crews used fans to remove the smoke from the middle and upper floors of the house.
No injuries to the occupant or firefighters were reported.
Units from South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, City of Ketchikan Police Department and KPU power also provided assistance. In all, three engines, one ladder truck, two ambulances and three command units responded with thirty three (33) personnel including on and off duty paid and volunteer staff.
According to public information provided by the Ketchikan Fire Department, the fire was started while efforts were made by the resident to thaw frozen pipes. The method used was not disclosed.
The Ketchikan Fire department asks that you use low heat devices to defrost frozen pipes, such as a hairdryer.
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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City of Ketchikan Fire Department
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