Contact: Kathy Clay, Fire Marshal
Hole Fire/EMS was dispatched to a structure fire Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:20 p.m.
in the area of the north end of South Park Loop Road.
An occupant of the structure called 911 and reported fire in
the laundry room. Fire units arriving on scene observed thick, heavy smoke
coming from the eves and gable end vents of the structure, according to Fire
Marshal Kathy Clay.
Fire crews from Station 1 in Jackson and Station 7 at Adams
Canyon made a quick attack into the home and down the hall to the laundry room,
which was completely engulfed in flames. Crew members from Station 3 in Hoback and Station 4 in Moran assisted at
the incident as well.
“Time is a key element to the success of our work,” Incident
Commander Matt Redwine said. “From the
initial 911 call, excellent location directions from dispatch, assistance from
law enforcement at the scene, quick actions by our fire crews, and the rapid
deployment of water on the fire, this fire was kept to a room and contents fire
rather than an entire structure fire."
The fire started behind the dryer, which was in use at the
time of the event, according to Clay, who investigated the cause of the fire.
“Remember to keep the area behind your dryer clean of lint
build up and combustibles,” Clay noted. Clay suggests frequent cleaning around dryers and to use them only when
someone is present in the home.
Fire crews for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS recently finished live
fire training in a burn building located at Adams Canyon. The training was
conducted in a building very similar to Saturday’s fire and had very similar
vent-limited fire conditions as was created in the training scenario.
“Crews were able to take this training and put it directly
into saving a structure,” Redwine said. “We train hard to be ready to respond and meet our mission statement of
saving life and property.”