Attic Fire Damages Longview Home (Photo)
Front of building
On November 23rd at approximately 11:30 PM Longview Fire Units were dispatched to a possible house fire located at 2509 Northlake Ave. Reports from the homeowner indicated that their home was filling with smoke but they could not see any fire.
When fire crews arrived they reported smoke from the roofline and gable vents with a possible attic fire. Access to the attic proved difficult because of remodeling and additions that blocked easy attic access. Once access was made to the attic firefighters confirmed fire was actively burning in the attic and put together an attack plan which included using a piercing nozzle, pulling ceilings, and cutting opening in the roof.
It took firefighters approximately 40 minutes to access and extinguish the attic fire. Once the fire was under control extensive overhaul was initiated because of the "Hot Spots" that spread throughout the attic space. Firefighters also conducted primary salvage moving valuable items to areas of safety and covered all undamaged property with salvage covers.
Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by a wood burning fireplace chimney. Damage estimates to the homes structure and its contents are estimated at $150,000.00. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. ServePro was called to help the family deal with the after effects of smoke and water damage.