Fire destroys Evans home

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 1:35 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 11:14 PM
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A fire destroyed an Evans home Wednesday afternoon.

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Firefighters battle a fire in a home on Bridlewood in Evans.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Firefighters battle a fire in a home on Bridlewood in Evans.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers were called shortly before 1 p.m. to the house at 4165 Bridlewood Trail, in Bridlewood subdivision off Furys Ferry Road. No one was home.

A neighbor had seen smoke coming from the roof and called 911.

Firefighters found the two-story brick home engulfed in flames and moved in an aerial truck to fight
the fire from above,
according to Battalion Chief Anthony Lovett.

Though no cause was immediately determined, Lovett said it appeared the fire started on the second floor and quickly traveled to the attic.

Capt. Gary Griffith was not seriously injured when a piece of debris fell on his head inside the burning home.

Two dogs, found cowering in their beds under a shelf in the laundry room, were rescued and returned to the owners unharmed.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 01:54 pm
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Dramatic photo.

Dramatic photo.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 08/29/12 - 01:59 pm
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That's my neighborhood...

What a shame. Wonder what caused the fire?

David Parker
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David Parker 08/29/12 - 03:30 pm
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When it's that involved, what

When it's that involved, what is the strategy of pointing the hose at the center of the roof like in the picture? I thought getting water into the window, although increasing water damage, would extinguish the flames faster?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/29/12 - 03:37 pm
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Cooling

They put the spray on the intact roof to cool it down and prevent that section of the attic to catch on fire.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/12 - 07:27 pm
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many of the fire fighting techniques are
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a mystery. For instance, we never understood why firefighters chop holes in a roof. Opening the attic, creating a chimney effect will draw oxygen into the base of the fire making it hotter, right. We were taught at volunteer fire school to put the water or fire suppressant at the base of a fire, not at the top. You stop combustion by reducing the temperature of the combustible material. All government logic evades science. And then there is climbing on top of a burning building.

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palmetto1008 08/29/12 - 07:35 pm
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TWO very bright spots which
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TWO very bright spots in which was otherwise a disaster for the family residents. Kudos to the fire fighters who rescued the family pets.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/30/12 - 12:07 am
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Heard on the radio news that

Heard on the radio news that some firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion too. I can believe it; I was bicycling in the woods this afternoon before the rain and got monkeyed in no time with the heat and humidity. Hats off to those guys for what they do!

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