Firefighters respond quickly to fire

By | June 16, 2016 6:29 am

Last Updated: June 16, 2016 at 9:13 am

A fire that occurred on June 12 at this home, located at 540 Flatt Street, remains under investigation. PHOTO BY PAMELA CLAYTOR.

A residential fire on Flatt Street, on the evening of June 12, was quickly contained by Sparta and BonDeCroft firefighters, preventing the loss from becoming much worse than it could have been, according to Sparta Fire Capt. Matt McBride.

The call came in to White County E-911 dispatchers at 3:31 p.m., followed by a second call at 3:33 p.m.

The residence, a mobile home located at 540 Flatt Street, was, at that time, approximately 50 percent involved when callers reported the fire to dispatchers. The smoke reportedly appeared to be coming from the bedroom area of the residence.

Sparta Fire Department, BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department and Eastland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the home within minutes.

Upon arrival, McBride states that the bedroom and closet were fully involved and spreading into the living room. Flames were coming out of the front door when firefighters reached the scene.

According to an E-911 report, firefighters had the fire under control at 4:02 p.m. Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:07 p.m.

“We had a really quick response,” McBride states. “It was a really good stop. It is not a total loss.”

Challenges faced by firefighters included the high heat and humidity. The temperature reached 93 degrees on the day of the fire, which beat a previous record of 92 degrees, in 1977.

The house was occupied, but the residents were not present at the time of the fire, according to McBride.

Fire Investigator Barry Brady and White County Sheriff Department detectives were called to the home to conduct an investigation as to the cause of the fire. The source of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

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