Eastgate Attic Fire Extinguished Quickly

Casper Fire EMS gives tips on preventing home fires in the winter.
Casper Fire EMS gives tips on preventing home fires in the winter.(Katie Reed)
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 12:50 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Press Release) - At 8:12am, Casper Fire-EMS Firefighters were dispatched to the 5000 block of E 17th Street for the report of a structure fire. A home security system company reported a working structure fire to telecommunicators with the Casper Public Safety Communications Center. Firefighters arrived to find a fire burning in the attic of the home. Firefighters quickly exposed the attic area and confined the fire to the area of origin. One homeowner and the family pets exited the home prior to the arrival of firefighters, and were uninjured.

Firefighters responded to the scene with 6 units, the on-duty battalion chief, and investigators with the Natrona County Interagency Fire Investigation Task Force. Crews were assisted by Banner Health Wyoming Medical Center, Casper Police Officers, Telecommunicators with the Public Safety Communications Center, Technicians from Rocky Mountain Power and Black Hills Energy. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Casper Fire-EMS credits functioning smoke alarms connected to a third-party security system for their prompt notification to firefighters – because of this, firefighters were able to quickly locate and extinguish the small amount of fire with minimal damage and disruption to homeowners. These elements, combined with swift action, averted loss of the home, and will allow the residents to remain in the home.

Casper Fire-EMS takes this opportunity to remind citizens that working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be located on every floor of your residence, in common living areas, and in sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are in good working order. If you have older smoke alarms, change the batteries twice yearly. Newer smoke alarms come equipped with batteries that may last up to 10 years without replacement – consider purchase and installation of these alarms if your current alarms are approaching the end of their service life.