Casper Fire-EMS fight crawlspace fire; cause under investigation

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Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 7:19 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - At approximately 12:45 this afternoon, Casper Fire-EMS was called for a structure fire in the 1600 block of Maple Street.  Crews arrived and found a single family residence with smoke from the attic area and some visible flame on the exterior.  Fire was found extending from the crawl space up through a wall and into the attic.  Crews worked to expose and access the fire and extinguish it.  Ventilation was used in conjunction with fire attack to remove heat and smoke as well as locate active fire.  The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes.

 During firefighting activities the residence was searched to assure no one was inside.  None were found and the occupant was away at the time of the fire.  No injuries were reported.

Fire investigators believe the fire originated in the crawl space area of the home.  The fire remains under investigation with the cause not yet determined.  Damage is extensive due to heat and smoke and the residence will not be immediately re-occupied.

Four engines, one truck and an on duty Battalion Chief initially responded. They were assisted by Casper Police, Wyoming Medical Center, Black Hills Gas, Rocky Mountain Power and an investigator from Natrona County Fire Protection District.  

 Again, area fire agencies have been very busy with multiple fires in recent weeks including structure and wildland.  We urge you to always use extreme caution with any open flame or heat producing devices both inside and outside.

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