Craig Fire/Rescue crews extinguish a blaze at a residence early Thursday morning at 333 Taylor St. Chief Bill Johnston said the fire was started by the failure of a wood pellet stove and damaged about 25 percent of the home. The blaze, which damaged the house inside and out, flared up several times after it was initially controlled.

Photo by Brian Smith

Craig Fire/Rescue crews extinguish a blaze at a residence early Thursday morning at 333 Taylor St. Chief Bill Johnston said the fire was started by the failure of a wood pellet stove and damaged about 25 percent of the home. The blaze, which damaged the house inside and out, flared up several times after it was initially controlled.

Stove causes house fire in Craig

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Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston was the first on the scene early Thursday morning.

He took quick note of what his fire department would be faced with over the next several hours — a large fire quickly consuming both floors of a home south of Craig City Hall.

“That always presents a certain type of danger, that if you send entry crews in, the floor and stairways leading up to the second floor sometimes are compromised,” he said of having both floors of the house at 333 Taylor St. ablaze. “That’s how firefighters are injured or killed is falling through floors or roofs falling in on them.”

With that in mind, Johnston and crew took extra precautions as they entered into the home looking for residents who may have been trapped inside as the blaze raged.

“We had to do a search and rescue because it was unknown if anyone was trapped inside or not,” he said. “We had to split our forces and do search and rescue and fire suppression.”

No residents were in the house at the time of the fire, but two dogs were rescued from the house.

Johnston said the fire was caused by the failure of a wood pellet stove located in the living room near the south wall of the home.

Crews responded to the fire at about 4:50 a.m., and remained on scene for about two-and-a-half hours.

Johnston said about 20 firefighters and four fire engines were called to the scene. The Memorial Hospital also dispatched an ambulance, Johnston said.

About 25 percent of the house was damaged from the fire, the worst of it being located on the south end of the home near the stove.

Damage from the fire occurred both inside and outside of the home.

The fire burned a hole through the south side of the home and spread to the roof of the house and inside of the roof, Johnston said.

“I am sure it is reparable, but it is just not inhabitable at this time,” he said.

Johnston said firefighters asked the homeowner if he had another place to live, and would try to connect him with organizations that could help him find a temporary home, if needed.

The chief said the Craig Police Department also helped the fire department during the call. To keep the scene secure, police blocked off the 300 block of Taylor Street and part of Fourth Street as crews battled the blaze.

But, there was one thing Johnston was most proud of after the fire had been extinguished.

“No injuries,” he said.

Comments

onewhocares 3 years, 9 months ago

To the family at this address, please know if you need a place to stay, we have a big, and mostly empty home you are welcome to stay in. I am really sorry for your loss.

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justthefacts 3 years, 9 months ago

Fact: The community appreciates all that the firefighters do!!!

Fact: This picture seems to indicate that some of the fire fighters are governmental employees. ( The one that can not be seen is working, the others providing moral support!!!)

Comment: I always miss seeing the guy working down in the hole also.

Fact: One Who Cares really does care!!! Nice comment!!! You brightened my day

Just The very nice Facts

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xrsareus 3 years, 9 months ago

To "Just the don't have a clue what you're talking about!!!!!" I'm commenting on what you think are firefighters standing around. This is a picture, not a video!!! In a picture everyone looks like they are government workers and motionless. What you need to do is call the Chief, ask What the ICS command system is? What a staging area is? Ask him about NFPA Two in Two out rule? Ask what a re-hab area is? Then make a comment on the picture where firefighters SEEM to be standing around. Unless you have walked in their shoes, I have!!!! I don't think you have a clue as to what Just the facts are!!!!! God bless our Firefighters, EMS and Law Enforcement. They are here for us.

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David Moore 3 years, 9 months ago

"God bless our Firefighters, EMS and Law Enforcement. They are here for us." Agree 100%...bravo xsareus.

"I don't think you have a clue as to what Just the facts are!!!!!" Agree 110%. That's two votes off the island.

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als362 3 years, 9 months ago

Comments like the ones that justthefacts made here are very typical of the things he/she/it writes.
This "person" has no respect for anything or anyone.
In my opinion this "person" should be banned from posting on these pages forever.
His/hers/it's comments are not welcome, appreciated or needed.

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xrsareus 3 years, 9 months ago

Don't ban JUST, JUST keeps us in reallity, JUST shows us this is not a perfect world. JUST show's us some people JUST don't get it. But we need JUST, JUST for the __of it.

(can't us symbols for a cuss words. I got my hands slapped once for JUST that.!!!!! I JUST didn't understand. JUST fill in the blank with what ever word you think fits JUST)

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GreyStone 3 years, 9 months ago

God bless the firefighters, little children the Deer and why not fire while were at it, without which we would all freeze to death.

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xrsareus 3 years, 9 months ago

I would like to make one more comment about this story. Unless you have witnessed the total destruction from a structure fire, most people have not a clue to what is left. There is usually nothing left of the peoples possessions. What the actual fire doesn't destroy, the heat and smoke does. Then there are the suppression efforts, no matter how good the firefighters are there is water damage and sometimes structural damage in efforts to stop the fire. We as the community of Craig need to stop our bickering about if our opinion is right and help people in need. I hope the Daily Press will do a follow up to see if the residents are taken care of. I know the Red Cross, Salvation Army help. Craig is a very giving community and always pull together when needed.

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als362 3 years, 9 months ago

To xrsareus: He/she/it, justthefacts, keeps no one honest. All he/she/it does is slander, abuse, put down people that are doing the best they can and make blanket statements that are mostly opinions asserting them as fact. This latest attack on the fire dept. should be all the evidence anyone needs of that. No one needs this type of name calling and abuse.
This type of behavior is what grade school kids do.

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als362 3 years, 9 months ago

That is one more reason for banning he/she/it.

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taxslave 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't have good to say about much these days. Woe to those who call good bad and bad good.

The fire dept is one of the few "good" left, (except for that ugly creature they have painted on their roll down door).

That goes for the ambulance service, the EMT's. Taxslave doesn't mind paying tax for these services. I'd rather your departments be owned by the citizens here locally, rather than dependent on federal and state money. The borrower is subject to the lender.

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