May 31, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 23

Flames claim home Sunday evening

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on 7th and Gjoa at 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

“Upon arrival, over half of the structure was fully engulfed in flames,” Assistant Fire Chief David Berg said.

Flames from the burning structure were threatening adjacent homes and time was of the essence. “It took us about an hour to darken down the building enough to enter the structure,” Berg said.

A deluge gun, which is a truck mounted device capable of delivering hundreds of gallons of water per minute, was used to combat the flames on the second story of the structure.

A portion of the second floor had collapsed due to a refrigerator falling through to the lower level before firefighters entered the building.

“We were lucky it happened before we entered the building,” Berg said. “It could have landed on one of us as we fought the spot fires inside the house.”

During this battle, the PVFD used many tools including two and a half inch hoses as well as one and three quarter inch hand hoses to make sure the flames did not reach other homes and buildings.

The fire department had the fire completely out and cleaned up by 4 a.m. but the cause is still undetermined.

“We are still looking for causes,” Berg said. “An insurance investigator will be coming in to take a look as well.”

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