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Fine fire response

To the Editor

On Friday, July 11, at about 2:30 p.m., I received a phone call that one of my rentals was on fire. When I arrived, the fire was mostly knocked down and the fire department was busy doing what they were there to do.

It appears that a passer- by stopped and fought the fire, which was already a raging inferno, with a garden hose until the fire department arrived, and at the same time a Jefferson County deputy kicked down the back door to check if there were any victims inside.

I guess the fire department had arrived at about the same time and most of the flames were out by the time I arrived. For the next hour or so, I watched them do their job. I don’t think there is any organization out there in today’s world that is more professional than our county fire department. They ripped off the siding looking for hot spots, opened up the house and cleared the house of smoke with their house fans, and checked everywhere possible that this fire could reignite. They were able to reset all the circuit breakers, except the one that feeds the outside light (wires were melted) and tested the smoke alarms to see if they still worked after the long use they just had.

Finally, when they were sure that all was well, they started the clean-up procedure. All of the burnt and charred wood was neatly stacked in a pile while the investigators tried to determine the origin and cause of the fire. While all this was happening, even the EMS showed up, just in case.

Because of the quick response of all the above mentioned, the damage was contained to the outside of the house and my tenants were able to move back in. Even (Pork-butt) the cat was safe. That night the sheriff’s department was spotted several times driving by checking to see if all was well.

One of the neighbors said they saw an unfamiliar vehicle pulling away just minutes before this fire started, but was unable to identify the car other than its color. There is extensive damage to the exterior but the main thing is that everyone is safe.

With all the negative things that seem to happen in our small community, one thing that is often taken for granted are our public services. They are the best. Thanks to all of you and keep up the good work. Because of you and your quick response, my tenants have a place to live.

P.S.These firefighters are there to do a job, not to supervise crowd control. Stay back and let them do their job.

Steve Jansen

Madras



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