Fire damages home
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:07 pm FIRE DAMAGES HOME — Firefighters worked for more than nine hours Wednesday to extinguish a fire and salvage personal belongings from Mike Pickering’s residence at 625 South Home St. in Union City. The fire was reported at 10:38 a.m. and firefighters from the Union City Fire Department arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the upper attic area of the house, according to Union City Fire Chief Kelly Edmison. The fire department was reported to be a bit short-staffed at first since one unit was out on an emergency medical services call at the time, resulting in mutual aid being summoned from the neighboring Rives Volunteer Fire Department. Edmison said the older house had multiple ceilings and roofs, which made it somewhat difficult for firefighters to access the attic space. “It took a while,” he said. The house, located at the northwest corner of South Home Street and Florida Avenue, sustained extensive damage, including the roof collapsing. Edmison said fire officials believe the cause of the fire might have been electrical, although nothing definite has been determined. The last firefighting unit finally cleared the scene at 8:12 p.m. Wednesday after firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots for several hours and salvaged as much of the Pickerings’ furniture, family photos and other personal belongings as possible. “Contents wise, we got a lot of personal belongings out, so that was a good thing,” Edmison said.
Published in The Messenger 4.29.10