Friday, March 25, 2011 - 1:13am
One person was transported to UW Hospital for 2nd degree burns, after a house fire caused $50,000 damage.
The home at 178 Dixon Street is a 2-Flat multi story residential structure. 911 received a call at 12:16 am to report smoke and flames. All occupants were out of the building when firefighters arrived. After Firefighters entered the home and approached the second floor, they encountered thick black smoke banking close to the floor level. Once the home was ventilated of hot smoke and gases, the firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.
There was significant smoke and fire damage to the second floor of the structure. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your household.
Practice the plan night and day with everyone in your home twice a year.
Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
In 2007, there were an estimated 399,000 reported home structure fires and 2,865 associated civilian deaths in the United States.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning - a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
- Bernadette Galvez, 608-261-9844