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Jan 16, 2012

One fireman; one fire in Ladyville

While a mass registration was taking place in Ladyville, elsewhere a fire gutted a house. A lone fireman, who responded to the call for help, could not bring the blaze under control.  Fortunately, the occupants of the house were away but unfortunately they lost everything. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The old lumber on this structure is no more than kindle for the flames that voraciously eat each upper panel to the roof of this Ladyville home.

Andrew Nunez, Fire Safety Officer, National Fire Service

“On Sunday the fifteenth at approximately fourteen-twenty-five hundred hours, Ladyville fire station received and responded to a structural fire located at number 76 Dove Street, Ladyville.”

Jose Sanchez

“What did they encounter? What kind of building?”

Andrew Nunez

Andrew Nunez

“On arrival at the scene, the fire department saw a twenty by twenty wooden structure engulfed in flames.”

Jose Sanchez

“Was the firefighter or firefighters able to do anything about it in time?”

Andrew Nunez

“The firefighter was able to contain the fire and stop the propagation of the fire to adjacent properties.”

The electricity wires catches on fire and ignites sparks that pop like children’s fireworks.  The camera rolls on as a dark plume of smoke signal that the home is fully engulfed.

Jose Sanchez

“Was anyone injured? Were the property owners able to recover anything from the loss?”

Andrew Nunez

“As a result of the fire, the structure along with its contents totally destroyed.”

Jose Sanchez

“Now is the owner the house also the occupant of the house?”

Andrew Nunez

“No sir. The owner of the house is one, Miss Carmelita Simplis and it was occupied by Miss Stella Reyes. At the time of the fire, no one was at home.”

The crowd watches as a lone firefighter approaches the scene. A kid carries the hose for him since he is alone. When he gets in the wet yard, the wires sparks some more. He goes back to the truck to turn on the water while a kind bystander tries to help straighten out the hose.  Now with water running, he applies pressure to the areas not already consumed in the blaze. According to a Fire Safety Officer of the National Fire Service the case is still being investigated.

Jose Sanchez

“Were you able to determine the cause or the origin of the fire?”

Andrew Nunez

“The fire department is still investigating the cause and the origin of the fire.”

Jose Sanchez

“People are saying that the only firefighter they saw was the one driving the truck?”

Andrew Nunez

“Last week, the fire department had a passing out parade and we have additional firefighters who will be posted to that area.”

Jose Sanchez

“So we should see at least three firemen out in the field for areas like Ladyville now?”

Andrew Nunez

“Most definitely.”

So with last week’s nineteen graduates, there will be more manpower added to the stations. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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