GRAFTON— The Grafton Fire Department (GFD) responded to their third working structure fire within the last week and a half, during the early morning hours on Sunday.
Just before 6:00 a.m., the department was alerted to a house fire on Dewey Avenue.
According to a report made by the GFD, upon arrival to 422 Dewey Avenue, crews took note of flames and heavy smoke spouting from the front side of the attic of a two-story residential home and immediately began setting up for their attack.
Fire personnel laid a one-and-a-half-inch attack line from Engine 102 to start dousing the blaze.
Grafton’s Engine 101, Rescue 106 and Truck 1 also made their way to the scene to provide aide.
Moving quickly and attacking the flames strategically, firefighters raced to prevent the flames from engulfing the entire home.
Struggling with sufficient pressure from the hydrant because of the location of the incident, Grafton’s Tanker 1, along with Tanker 15 from the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department and Taker 30 from Flemington set up a drop tank to provide a source for water shuttles.
Once the flames were knocked out, crews made entry into the home in order to fully extinguish the remnants of the inferno in the attic. However, the relentless fire was only completely smothered with an aerial attack performed by GFD’s Truck 1.
After the scene was secured and flames were no longer present, firefighters once again made entry to ensure no hot spots existed and began the process of salvage and overhaul.
While the residents were in the home at the time the fire broke out, with the homeowner sharing that he heard a loud noise coming from the attic just moments before the fire ignited, everyone was able to make it out safely and no injuries were reported.
While the fire crews did their best to contain the flames to the floor of origin, the roaring blaze and water used to tame it did cause damage to the second floor of the home, as well.
According to GFD Chief Ryan Roberts, the residents were able to salvage a lot of their property on the first floor from fire and water damage, but the home is still considered to be a total loss with damaged totaling more than $60,000.
While the exact cause remains undetermined, Roberts noted that it did appear that the cause was a faulty wire.
He went on to say that while there has been an uptick in structure fires recently, that none of the three appear to be related, and that all the recent incidences are being investigated.