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Capital City Fire/Rescue

10231 Heron Way Structure Fire

RE: Press Release for 10231 Heron Way Structure Fire January 6, 2009 On January 6, 2009, at approximately 1940 hours, Capital City Fire Rescue responded to a residence located at 10231 Heron Way for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, fire personnel reported smoke and flames visible from the exterior wall on the back side of the structure. The structure was a two story wood frame four-plex. The temperature was approximately 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Damage was confined to the first floor kitchen/bathroom area and the sub floor assembly to the second story. There were no injuries reported. The occupants were safely evacuated prior to fire personnel arriving. The fire was discovered by the owners who lived in one of the upstairs units. A fire origin and cause investigation was conducted. The cause of the fire was a small electric heater that was used to keep water pipes from freezing in the first floor residence. A hole cut that was cut into the wall, allowed combustible materials to ignite and travel within the wall space up to the ceiling/floor assembly, and spread in the void space and burn through a wooden exterior wall. Damages are estimated at approximately $20,000. The property was insured. The American Red Cross responded to assist with building occupants needs as well as provide warm coffee for all fire personnel. Capital City Fire Rescue asks that business and residence owners "adopt a fire hydrant" near their property. Due to the large amount of snowfall recently, numerous fire hydrants have become buried by snow, making it very difficult for fire personnel to locate if needed. Submitted by: Daniel M Jager Fire Marshal Capital City Fire/Rescue

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