nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Archives | Subscribe | Special Sections

Local News arrow Fire & Rescue arrow Katie Demeria

| 0

Smoke detector, resident's actions limit fire damages

By Katie Demeria

A fire in Middletown on Friday was quickly contained due to the actions of a resident within the home, according to Frederick County Fire and Rescue Assistant Fire Marshal Kenneth Scott.

Authorities were alerted to the flames at 7731 Church St. at around 5:22 p.m., according to a Fire and Rescue news release.

The home's two residents, one male and one female, were inside at the time. Both in their 70s, they were looking after a 12-year-old girl when the flames started, Scott said.

"I would like to stress that it was the smoke detector that saved them, and got them out of the house quickly," he said.

The fire began in the bathroom, Scott continued. It was likely an electrical fire and will probably be ruled accidental, he said, as it was more than likely caused by equipment failure.

Either an electric baseboard or a vent fan probably caused the flames, as the fire traveled between the two, but it is unclear as of now which was the actual cause, Scott said.

The residents were alerted to the flames by their smoke detector. When the female resident approached the door, she opened it and saw flames. She immediately closed the door and all residents exited the house, Scott said.

"I told her, 'you shutting that door, and you leaving quickly, that kept the fire contained long enough for the fire department to get there and extinguish it,'" Scott said. "If it wasn't for her actions, that house could have been a lot worse."

Firefighters were able to put the fire out in around 20 minutes, the news release stated. They remained on scene for an hour and a half.

"Fire damage to the residence was limited to the bathroom with minor smoke and water damage to the rest of the house," the release stated.

Scott said that since there was only one bathroom in the residence, the residents are not currently living in the home.

"I did talk to the female resident today, she seemed a lot calmer, and they were getting their affairs in order," Scott said. "I made sure to let her know that that smoke detector helped tremendously, and I told her she did an excellent job."

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com

Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.


Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.

Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarification Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Election 2013 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Katie Demeria Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Progress 2014 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review

News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

2014 Virginia Press Association Grand Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!

nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com