Housefire tragedy averted by fast firefighter response
Workers remodeling a house at 3706 S.E. Franklin Street did the right thing when they smelled smoke and saw small flames at their worksite, at about 3:15 p.m. on January 25: They called the 9-1-1 Center.
Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine and Truck companies arrived shortly after the call.
"It looked as if people here at the house pretty much put out the fire; but we hit the area with more water from a 'pump can', to make sure it was completely extinguished," said a PF&R Battalion Chief at the scene. "But, it's a good thing they made the call to 9-1-1; had the fire 'gotten away from them', as they often do, we were here, ready to help."
What caused the fire is unclear, although it is thought to be construction-related; the investigator's report is not yet available.