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Montgomery House Sustained $100,000 Loss in Fire

Authorities haven't determined what caused the fire at 2529 Hartfield Drive, but they said they've ruled out arson.

Three firefighters saw fire blowing out a second-story window when they arrived at a single family home about 10:50 a.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District.

The home at 2529 Hartfield Drive, Montgomery, sustained about $65,000 in damages, while the loss in contents was estimated at $35,000, authorities said. A neighbor alerted authorities to the fire, which ultimately was contained to one room.

"With only a three person crew and additional units still en-route the Officer on Engine 123 ordered an initial knock down of the fire with the deck gun on the engine utilizing the compressed air foam system," the news release states. "Engine 123 then advanced a hand line to the second floor bedroom to extinguish the remaining fire and check for extension into the attic."

More personnel from Bristol-Kendall and Oswego Fire Protection District helped at the scene, while equipment and personnel from Newark and Little Rock-Fox fire districts covered Bristol-Kendall's stations.

Bristol-Kendall Fire Chief Michael Hitzemann said in the news release that the quick foam attack prevented the fire from spreading farther into the attic and minimized water damage.

No people were home at the time of the fire, but two dogs were inside, Hitzemann said. Montgomery police released one, and firefighters released the other. They were not injured.

Amy Giomi-Bingenheimer October 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Thank goodness no one was hurt & family pets are safe also. Big thanks to the brave firefighters!
D. Scott October 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Nice job Bristol-Kendall! What a three man crew, way to go.

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