Firefighters respond to blaze at condemned house

The fire department was called around 1 a.m. and they arrived to find the fire was fully involved, said deputy fire chief Bob Fulton.

“We worked on it for a few hours, and we ended up having to bring a backhoe in to pull apart the building so we could get at the places where the fire was still burning, in the attic and in the wall spaces, because it wasn't safe for us to make entry into the building,” said Fulton. “The roof failed fairly early on into the fire, and then portions of the rest of the structure were failing as the fire was going on.”

He said investigators are still trying to determine if anyone lived in the home, because there was a sign indicating the structure had been condemned, but there were personal possessions found at the site that indicated a person(s) may have still been living there.

However, he said there was no sign anyone was inside at the time of the fire, and no other injuries were reported, as the fire was contained to the house. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Fulton said older buildings like the one in question do pose particular challenges for firefighters. He said many older homes have paper and sawdust insulation, for instance, and some were constructed with “balloon framing,” which essentially means the frame of the house is continuous and allows fire to readily travel from floor to floor.

More information on his incident will be posted as it becomes available.