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Hot Springs 911 Dispatch answered a call yesterday where the caller advised that the front of a neighbor’s house was on fire and the owner of the home doesn’t know it.
At least 4 HSFD Trucks full of firefighters, Hot Springs Fire Shift Commander Nicholson and Hot Springs Police all went screaming out there to find the front porch of a house on Meadow Street in flames.
HSFD Fire Troops jumped out and went to work. They put the fire out quickly, but smoke was still visible coming from the whirlybird vents on the roof and the garage. A de-smoking fan was brought in to expedite smoke out of the house and Firefighter Burch broke out the thermal imager device in order to find any possible hot spots hiding behind the walls.
It wasn’t long before she was joined on the roof by a couple of her associates with pry tools. They removed part of the roof trim in order to make sure everything was ok in there.
The fire spread from a small burn pile in the front yard to the wooden front porch. This little burn ban violation was almost a full blown disaster.
Make sure to call your fire department if you want to burn anything. That way they will know what’s happening and be able to advise of any burn bans that may be in effect for your area. Burn bans are issued for different reasons that can include dry conditions and or windy conditions. Burn bans are never automatically lifted due to recent rain. You have to call and check before you burn.
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