Just before 1 a.m., Fire Department crews responded to a house fire Dec. 23 on Bridle Path Court in a Ward 4 neighborhood in Cape Girardeau. Multiple crews responded including Jackson, Scott City, East County and eight off-duty personnel. The initial damage assessment to the garage, vehicles and home was high but thankfully, the family had escaped the home and there were no reported injuries. Quick thinking by the resident in closing the fire-rated door between the garage and the home, and the quick, coordinated efforts of the 15 on-duty firefighters contained the fire and its damage and prevented even further loss.
Home fires can happen much easier than you might think. Please take time this holiday season to audit your home for general or electrical fire risks. Add smoke detector checks to that new 2015 calendar whether it is in print or pixel.
Other recent home fire fires include two dwelling fires overnight Dec. 16 including an apartment fire.
Full Incident Narrative: Bridle Path Ct. Garage Fire
December 23, 2014. 0059 hrs. R4 was dispatched to the 2500-block of Bridle Path Court for a residential fire alarm. Within a minute, Central Dispatch upgraded the incident to a Box Alarm when a follow-up 9-1-1 call from the resident reported a fire in the garage of the home. E2, E3, E1, L1, BC1 and C1 responded with R4. Upon arrival, R4 reported a large single family dwelling with an attached three-car garage heavily involved in fire, and dense smoke pushing from the eaves, indicating fire extension into the attack. Based on conditions and potential, R4 upgraded the incident to a second alarm. R4 pulled a 2-1/2” preconnect and made an aggressive initial fire attack through the garage doors, knocking down some of the fire. E2 and E1 crews stretched a 2” preconnect into the house, and continued the attack on the fire from there. E3 joined them and crews began pulling ceilings and accessing the attic, while L1 vented the roof directly over the area joining the garage to the house. The coordinated fire attack successfully contained the fire to the garage and a portion of the attic. Interior crews were challenged by the high vaulted ceilings, however, steam created by both the initial hose line and the interior hose line traveled into the attic space and had controlled the fire by the time attic access was made. Jackson Fire assisted on the scene, while crews from Scott City and East County FPD joined recalled Cape firefighters in covering the City. Three vehicles, the garage, and part of the roof structure were destroyed by the fire. However, the early warning of the family by the smoke detectors allowed them to escape unharmed and alerted the fire department in advance of the 9-1-1 call. Quick thinking by the resident in closing the fire-rated door between the garage and the home, and the quick, coordinated efforts of the 15 on-duty firefighters contained the fire and its damage and prevented even further loss.