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UnionActive IAFF Newswire
Windhaven Drive Structure Fire
Posted On: Sep 21, 2020

At 6:20 p.m. on Friday September 18, 2020, Local members responded to a house fire on Windhaven Drive in the Timbers neighborhood located in Unincorporated Douglas County. Members arrived on scene and found the entire backside of the home engulfed by fire. Crews immediately began fire attack on the structure. Shortly after members started putting water on the fire, the home began collapsing. All units on scene moved to a defensive strategy, fighting the fire only from the outside of the home. Members attacked the fire using an aerial master stream from above, blitz fire hose lines on the ground and hand lines next to the structure. A grass fire also started to the north of the home as a result of the house on fire. Crews were able to put the grass fire out quickly. Because of the large amount of water and resources needed to put out the fire, crews began experiencing low water pressure coming from the hydrants in the area. The place where the home is located made it more difficult for the gravity fed system to provide water to multiple hydrants at the same time. Engineers were able to find other hydrants on streets close by with a larger water supply to support more hose lines. Members gained control of the main body of fire and spent the evening hours monitoring the structure and putting out hot spots. Crews used rotary saws to gain access to the garage to continue putting out spot fires. Some units stayed on scene all night and are back out at the home on Saturday to make sure the fire is completely out. Fire investigators are working to determine a cause. The home was currently being remodeled with three occupants living there, but the homeowners were not home at the time the fire started. Unfortunately two dogs died in the fire.

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