Piles Of Debris Delay Firefighter's Response

Firefighters were delayed in their response to a house fire because of the amount of debris that surrounded the house, including 30 cars that were on the property.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 5:46 PM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 5:46 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- On Thursday night Rural Metro Fire and Grants Pass Fire responded to a structure fire on the 3600 block of Cloverlawn Dr. Once they arrived they found that one room had been heavily damaged. According to Rural Metro Fire, the fire appeared to have been burning some time before it was found.

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The occupant arrived home just in time to discover the fire and was able to keep the fire in check with a garden hose until firefighters arrived.

Rural Metro Fire said that while he was successful at keeping the fire under control, we exposed himself to a significant risk of personal injury. He was not injured, but he lost 7 pet birds.

According to Rural Metro Fire, during the fire fight a Rural Metro firefighter received minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is undetermined as this time.

Rural Metro Fire stated that the location is known for its excessive accumulation of debris, both inside and outside the house. They reported that access to the fire was delayed due to the accumulation, including over 30 cars on the property.

Rural Metro Fire said that properties that are full of debris are common in Josephine County, and can present a significant threat to suppression efforts and firefighter safety.

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