FIREFIGHTERS SAVE HALF OF BARTLETT DUPLEX

by Gair on October 16, 2013

THE CHIEF OF THE BARTLETT FIRE DEPARTMENT IS PRAISING FIREFIGHTERS FOR THEIR GOOD WORK IN SAVING ONE UNIT OF A DUPLEX IN BARTLETT AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT THERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

PAT ROBERTS SAYS THE CALL CAME IN SHORTLY BEFORE 12:30 P.M. REPORTING A FIRE AT THE HOUSE ON AMMONOOSUC DR. OFF COW HILL RD. A FIRST ALARM WAS DECLARED, FOLLOWED BY A SECOND ALARM.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM DEPARTMENTS IN JACKSON, NORTH CONWAY AND REDSTONE – AND AMBULANCES FROM BARTLETT-JACKSON AND NORTH CONWAY JOINED BARTLETT FIREFIGHTERS AT THE SCENE, MAKING A TOTAL OF ABOUT THREE DOZEN FIREFIGHTERS.

ROBERTS SAYS THE UNIT THAT BURNED WAS A WOODEN STRUCTURE WITH A METAL ROOF, AND FIGHTING THE FIRE WAS MADE MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE THE ROOF COLLAPSED INTO THE HOUSE, COVERING AREAS THAT WERE STILL BURNING. HE SAYS THE FIREFIGHTERS DID AN EXCELLENT JOB.

ROBERTS SAYS THE WIND WAS NOT A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR AND FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO PROTECT THE OTHER UNIT – THAT WAS OCCUPIED – WHILE THE UNIT THAT BURNED IS CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE FIRE IS NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS BUT HE CALLED THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE TO HELP INVESTIGATE WHAT CAUSED IT. HE SAYS IT’S NOT UNUSUAL TO DO THAT, AS HE EXPLAINED TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS – BECAUSE THE OFFICE HAS SO MUCH EXPERIENCE IN INVESTIGATING FIRES.

REDSTONE FIRE CHIEF ROBERT GARLAND SAYS ONE OF HIS FIREFIGHTERS EXPERIENCED CHEST PAIN AND WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY, WHERE HE WAS TREATED FOR OVEREXERTION AND DEHYDRATION. THE CHIEF SAYS THE MAN HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND IS IN GOOD HEALTH AND SPIRITS.

NO ONE ELSE WAS HURT. FIREFIGHTERS CLEARED THE SCENE SHORTLY BEFORE 6:30 P.M. SUNDAY.

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