NCFD releases details on North 6 Mile Road Fire

Details Released on Fire that erupted in Mills
Details Released on Fire that erupted in Mills(Travis Mitchell)
Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 10:10 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - July 20, 2022 multiple departments responded to a fire on North 6 Mile Road in Mills. The fire was called in to the dispatch center at 1:07p.m. Mills Fire Department and Natrona County Fire District responders were first on the scene within three minutes of the call. They were shortly joined by Casper and Bar Nunn fire departments with the Natrona County Sheriff’s office also arriving to shut down the road to help keep the responders safe and the area clear.

When the departments first arrived on the scene there were employees from the multiple surrounding businesses who were out trying their best to help. “There were two separate company yards involved and employees from both of those companies, plus employees from across the street all came to try to help. I think we counted twenty 40 pond fire extinguishers and they used quite a bit trying to contain the fire and keep it out of the building so that was kind of neat to see,” said Natrona County Fire District Chief Brian Oliver. He did note the dangers of this action though because one of the employees was treated on the site for smoke inhalation.

The fire was reportedly started by some workers who were cutting pipe near dry grass. The sparks created from the work caused the grass to ignite which led to the structure catching fire soon after.

Chief Oliver also said, “Our burn season is here, we are under stage 1 fire restrictions so cutting and welding operations are still allowed but just make sure that you have at least a 30 to 50 foot clear area around. If possible have a welding helper there as a fire watch so when the welder or the cutter is doing his thing he can watch behind him and everybody.”

Owners of the building lost some lumber that was stored in it and some oilfield equipment that was stored there as well.

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