Cause determined in Casper Structure Fire
CASPER, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - At approximately 1:00 PM today, Casper Fire-EMS was dispatched for a structure fire in the 2000 block of Glendale Avenue. Crews arrived to find heavy fire on the rear exterior of a single family residence.
Firefighters initially attacked the fire from the exterior and transitioned to interior operations. The fire was controlled shortly after arrival and the fire was kept from advancing into the interior.
A nearby residence was protected and damage limited to exterior. The residence was searched and two cats and a dog were rescued. The pets appear to have suffered smoke inhalation and oxygen was given by firefighters on scene. They were taken for additional care and their condition is unknown.
No other occupants were found and no injuries reported. Damage to the residence is significant and the occupants are displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting. The exterior sustained significant fire damage and the interior was smoke damaged. Power and gas to the structure was shut off due to damage.
Investigators determined the fire was accidental and caused by smoking materials disposed on the back deck of the house. Wind was a factor in igniting and accelerating the fire.
Seven units of Casper Fire-EMS responded including chief officers and investigators. Mutual aid was received from Evansville Fire-EMS as resources of CFEMS were also working a wildland fire at the same time. For Immediate Release CFEMS was also assisted by Wyoming Medical Center, Casper Police, Black Hills Energy, Rocky Mountain Power and City of Casper Solid Waste.
Exterior residential fires have become too common in Casper. They are especially common during wind events. Please use extreme caution when disposing smoking materials. Always use a non-flammable container with a cover. Thoroughly douse smoking materials in water before disposing. Never dispose in plant or other organic materials.
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