PARKERSBURG - A Quincy Street home shows the battle scars left by an attic fire from Tuesday night.
The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a call about a house fire at 1100 Quincy St. at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday, said fire department Capt. Tim Flinn.
Flames were flickering through the attic windows and vents when firefighters arrived on scene, said Flinn.
Photo by Michael Erb
The marks of Tuesday night’s fire blacken the attic at 1100 Quincy St. in Parkersburg. No one was hurt during the blaze.
The two-and-a-half story brick structure is owned by Dan McKay. His family was home when the fire happened. There were no injuries reported with the fire, said Flinn.
Damage to the house and its contents is estimated at $35,000, said Flinn.
The fire was contained to the attic of the home, said Flinn. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of the home through a direct attack, he said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire appears to have started above the furnace area, and appears to have been accidental in nature, but the official cause has yet to be determined, said Flinn.
Station Two was the first station on the scene, said Flinn. They were joined by trucks from all of the stations in the area, said Flinn.
A total of 15 firefighters, including the incident commander Capt. Brian Drake of the Parkersburg Fire Department, were involved in stopping the fire, said Flinn. One rescue vehicle and one tower truck also responded to the scene.
Firefighters broke out the attic windows to vent the smoke from the home, said Flinn. Suppression covers were placed over valuables within the home to keep damage caused by dripping water to a minimum, he said.
The smoke alarm at the residence did not go off, said Flinn. Smoke detectors will only react to smoke, and smoke rises, he said.
Without a smoke alarm in the attic, fires in this part of the house will usually not trigger smoke alarms until it is too late, said Flinn.
"Everyone should have a detection device in the attic of their home," said Flinn. "Attic fires can spread very quickly, and usually, by the time they are noticed, it is too late to save the home. We urge everyone to put a heat detector or a smoke alarm in their attic, and make sure it has fresh batteries and can be heard from the rest of the home," he said.
The Quincy Street fire hydrant was tapped to put out the fire, said Flinn. Due to freezing weather, firefighters salted the street to prevent the road conditions from becoming dangerous during the firefighting operation, said Flinn.
The fire was brought under control quickly, said Flinn. Firefighters were on the scene for an hour and 15 minutes to make certain the fire was fully contained and to perform the investigation, said Flinn.