Fire on N. 17th Place

By Amanda Williams
Independence Daily Reporter – January 10, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 19, 2017

At 10:44 p.m. Saturday the Independence Fire Department responded to a call for a possible structure fire at 1009 N. 17th Place. At the time, the dispatch advised firefighters that smoke was seen coming from the attic of the home.

Upon arrival with the ladder truck, heavy black smoke was rolling from the eaves and attic vents on all sides of the house, according to Captain Rick Whitson.

“At that point I sounded a second alarm and minutes later a third,” Whitson said. He attempted to alleviate the smoke by ventilating a series of windows but it did not prove effective.

Within minutes a 15 by 15 foot hole in the roof opened up and witnesses report flames shooting 20 feet up into the air. It took responders an hour to bring the blaze under control and the units remained on scene until 3:45 a.m.

Investigations revealed that the fire appeared to be caused by a heating unit that was located in a closet directly below the hole that opened up in the roof. Whitson stated that the below-freezing temperatures did prove to be an obstacle but the firefighters were able to contain the fire and put it out without sustaining any injuries.

The house was determined to be a total loss, as were the contents of the house, but thankfully no one was home at the time of the fire.


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