The Danville Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 124 Blue Jay St. on Saturday, January 19th at 1:50 pm. While in route the dispatcher advised that a mobile home was involved. The first Engine on scene reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. Attack hoses were deployed through the front entrance and the fire was quickly knocked down. A lone occupant in the structure at the time was asleep and was awakened by "a popping sound". The occupant got out and no injuries were reported.
Fire units responded from Bridge St., Industrial Ave., West Main St. and Westover Dr. In all 16 Fire Department personnel were on the scene for one hour and twenty minutes accomplishing extinguishment, checking for hidden fire and determining the cause. The Danville Life Saving Crew also responded in case they were needed. The cause was determined to be an electrical short in the cord supplying an electric heater. Splices in the wiring caused it to heat up and ignite furnishings around the area. The home suffered heavy damage throughout from flame, heat and smoke and the family cannot live in it. The Incident Commander put them in touch with the Red Cross which will be assisting them with a temporary place to stay.
At this time of year with the temperatures dropping people are tempted to use portable heating units as a heat source or supplement. These units can be very dangerous if wired or used improperly, such as using too small a cord or a spliced cord. Also, they should have ample space around them to prevent overheating flammable items in the area.
Released By: Dallas R. Swiney, Battalion Chief