No injuries in electrical house fire Thursday |

No injuries in electrical house fire Thursday

Michelle Balleck

— No one was injured in a house fire that began at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday at 870 Exmoor Road in the Ridgeview subdivision on the west side of Craig.

Craig Fire/Res­­cue Chief Bill John­ston said the electrical fire began in the basement of the split-level home.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Battalion Chief K.C. Hume said the fire was in the crawl space directly below the kitchen and living room.

Damage was confined to that area, Hume said.

The residents were at home at the time the fire started, but were uninjured, Johnston said. The electric, gas and water lines have been shut off to the house, and local agencies have assisted the residents in finding other lodging and necessities.

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Johnston said he was concerned about the below-zero temperatures and the safety of his firefighters staying warm.

He also worried about the nature of the fire.

"Basement fires kill firefighters, so we're kind of on our toes with that," Johnston said Thursday morning.

Johnston said basement fires are particularly dangerous because basements offer one way out of the situation and that they do not ventilate as easily as other parts of a house.

Also, as they burn, the weight of the remainder of the house creates a risk of the house collapsing.

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