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Capital City Fire/Rescue

Good Samaritan helps extinguish fire at Aware Shelter 6-18-08

On Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at approximately 7:30 am, Capital City Fire Rescue was dispatched to a report of a commercial structure fire at the Aware Shelter. One engine, 1 ladder truck, 1 ambulance, 3 administrative personnel and 2 volunteers arrived on scene for a total of 9 personnel. Upon arrival, personnel found the fire had been extinguished. Firefighters removed the wooden siding and checked for fire extension inside the wall. Fire personnel were advised that after the fire was discovered, an employee at the shelter went back inside of the building to evacuate people and called 911 to report the fire. Bruce Hahnlen,a good Samaritan on his way to work, stopped by after noticing the fire, and was given a fire extinguisher from inside the building, and extinguished most of the fire and waited for the fire department to arrive. Fire damage was sustained to the exterior of the building. All occupants evacuated the building safely. The cause of the fire was determined to be discarded smoking materials in an outdoor ashtray. The ashtray was in a corner and had been used approximately 2o minutes prior to the alarm being received. As the fire progressed, it moved up the exterior wood wall and onto the wood ceiling panel. Damages are estimated at approximately $3,500.00. The building is insured. There were no reports of any injuries. Fire personnel cleared the scene at 8:30 am. Submitted by: Daniel M. Jager Deputy Fire Marshal Capital City Fire/Rescue

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