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Published on Oct 3, 2012
(Please note this video only shows efforts from the outside of the structure. The main firefighting effort, which we do not see, is going on inside the home)
For the second time today (Wednesday), Scottsbluff firefighters responded to a house fire at a residence on 4th Avenue.
The initial call came in shortly before 10 a.m. and firefighters had extinguished the fire by late morning. They were trying to determine whether an electrical problem caused the fire, or an already burning fire that resulted in the loss of electricity. Meanwhile, even after checking for hot spots, the fire had silently traveled upward through the walls and ignited in the ceiling of the 2nd floor.
Scottsbluff Fire Chief Dana Miller told KNEB News the construction of older homes is conducive to fire traveling silently upward through the walls. Miller says these older homes have construction that allows straight shots from the basement all the way to the attic. He said the fire had gotten into some hidden spots and received secondary oxygen, allowing it to travel upward. Miller also said when the winds picked up early this afternoon it fueled the fire.
Miller said the firefighters had extinguished the secondary fire and had cut holes in the roof to ventilate the structure.
Pat and Darrell Twombly are the homeowners, and Pat Twombly told KNEB News a young couple and their daughter lived in the basement, but were not home at the time of the initial fire this morning.
Gering firefighters responded to assist both this morning and this afternoon.