Fire destroys UC home; investigation under way
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:10 pm
The cause of a fire which destroyed a Union City home Wednesday evening is still under investigation.
Union City Fire Department responded to a 911 report of a fire at 231 East Palmer St. at about 11:26 p.m. When firefighters arrived, fire was already coming from the front door, front window and both gables on the second floor. A second alarm was made and mutual aid was requested from Rives Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters were fighting the fire when “huge flames started showing from all upstairs windows and gable.” It was reported the strategy changed into defensive mode and it took about 10 minutes to knock down the flames.
The fire, it was reported, was “very difficult” to fight because it was inside the many walls and ceilings. Rives firefighters opened up walls and pulled ceilings to get to the fire, but this was difficult because of the tongue and groove construction.
Resident Cynthia Quinn told firefighters she believed the fire started in the middle bedroom and that the occupants saw fire coming from a portable electric heater. It was reported the owners had just enough time to grab the three young children and get out the door.
The Union City Fire Depart-ment’s report says burn patterns and depth do not support the fire starting in the bedroom and, therefore, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The building and its contents were destroyed beyond practical repair, according to the report.
The owner stated there was a smoke detector and that it worked, but the fire damage was so severe that the fire department could not find the detector.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 4:38 this morning.