Firefighter responds to his parents' home

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 5:29 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:40 AM
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A Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighter responded to a fire call at his parents' home Wednesday afternoon.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters pull burning material from beneath a home on Lake Shore Drive in Martinez on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. No one was injured in the fire that started near an air conditioning unit under the home.       

  Valerie Rowell/ Columbia County News Times
Valerie Rowell/ Columbia County News Times
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters pull burning material from beneath a home on Lake Shore Drive in Martinez on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. No one was injured in the fire that started near an air conditioning unit under the home.

About 2:20 p.m., a passer-by called in a fire at the home of James and Julia Paschal on Lake Shore Drive in Martinez. The couple were not home at the time.

Their son, Battalion Chief Jimmy Paschal, supervised the effort to extinguish the blaze.

"It started in the area of the HVAC under the house," Paschal said of the fire that firefighters had to crawl under the brick home and cut holes in the floor to put out. The fire was contained to below the house and in the wall cavities.

"It appears accidental," Martinez-Columbia Fire Investigator Capt. Daniel Gwinn said.

Gwinn said the state Fire Marshal's Office was called in as protocol when a fire occurs at the home of a firefighter or his family.

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Einstein
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Einstein 04/20/11 - 08:34 pm
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"Gwinn also said the state

"Gwinn also said the state Fire Marshal’s Office was called in not as protocol when a fire occurs at the home of a firefighter or his family."

Hmm.... So they didn't follow protocol. They either called the Fire Marshall and weren't supposed to, or they were supposed to call the Fire Marshall, but decided not to. Either way, I'm not sure why they didn't follow protocol. Sounds like the Columbia County FD is making some silly decisions just like Richmond County..... Well, at least Columbia County does have better schools. Lol

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Lonewuf 04/20/11 - 09:12 pm
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I'm thinking that was a

I'm thinking that was a misprint and the word "not" should NOT be there....lol

Einstein
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Einstein 04/20/11 - 09:19 pm
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Lone, you might be right. The

Lone, you might be right. The sentence would make sense without the word, "not," I couldn't determine if they were trying to say they intentionally didn't follow protocol, or what. Makes you wonder though.... If the protocol IS to call the Fire Marshall when it is a firefighter's house, why is that? Does that mean the fore is automatically suspicious, or does it mean that they are getting preferential treatment? Who knows?!?! Lol

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amd 04/20/11 - 10:03 pm
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No one was injured in the

No one was injured in the fire that stared near an air conditioning unit under the home.
No one was injured in the fire that stared? AC please fix this typo!

kmb413
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kmb413 04/21/11 - 10:32 am
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Now that all the typos are

Now that all the typos are corrected....

I am glad they were able to put the fire out safely.

Cadence
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Cadence 04/21/11 - 11:26 am
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I didn't even notice the

I didn't even notice the typos; I read for content and can figure out what the author means. I guess it makes some people feel important to find a typo? Sad. Very glad no one was injured in this fire including the fire fighters who put it out.

Einstein
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Einstein 04/21/11 - 06:09 pm
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Cadence, with that mindset,

Cadence, with that mindset, why proofread anything? You dint think it matters.... Fair enough, but a mid-placed "not" completely changes the meaning. I knew that fire isn't capable of staring... Lol

And, yes, it's good that no one was hurt.... But it makes me question the value of this as "news."

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