Afternoon fire leaves home uninhabitable

Thursday, October 11, 2012
A fire at 336 Seventh Street SW in Spencer kept firefighters and responders at the scene for three hours Tuesday afternoon. (Photo submitted)

Spencer firefighters spent three hours at the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon, battling a blaze that began in a basement bedroom.

Seventeen firefighters were dispatched 336 Seventh St. SW at 12:46 p.m., and upon arrival encountered heavy smoke coming from the residence. The fire team made entry and extinguished a fire in the basement, but the residence sustained extreme fire damage to the basement bedroom and structural members of the first floor. The remainder of the home suffered heat and smoke damage.

Occupants were unable to return home and the American Red Cross provided assistance to the owners and occupants.

An investigation discovered the point of origin in the basement bedroom, but the cause of the fire remained undetermined at press time.

The home owners insurance agent was on scene but no loss estimate was available.

Assisting the Spencer Fire Department at the scene were Spencer Hospital paramedics, Spencer Police Department, Clay County EMA and the Spencer Street Department.

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  • No names??

    -- Posted by Cookster on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 11:08 AM
  • First, the roof ladder is meant to be placed on the roof to prevent you from falling into the structure. Second, if the fire is in the basement why are you cutting the roof for ventilation. Looking at the smoke the wind would self ventilate the structure with a few open windows. Not to mention the ppv fan that isn't being used at the front door. Third, why are all the fire fighters wearing air packs except the guy sticking his face into the smoke? Looking at the white helmet, that is probably the officer. Come on guys this is basic rookie stuff meant to keep you safe. The goal is that everyone gets to go home when we are done.

    -- Posted by emtaggie on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 8:56 AM
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