HOUSE FIRE ON VULLIET ROAD NEAR HIGHLAND
Highland-Pierron firemen were paged Monday, at 2:13 am, to a report of a home on fire on Vulliet Road. According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, lightning was the probable cause, as the fire originated in the roof of the Scott Wellen home. Working smoke detectors were installed, but as the fire started in the roof, the smoke did not set off the sensors until the fire began burning through the ceiling. The roof had already collapsed before firemen arrived. Close thunder awakened the family and a little later Scott's wife noticed light reflecting on the yard. All the family escaped without injury, but the home was a total loss. Firemen extinguished the fire and were on scene for about 10 hours, waiting for the state fire marshal to arrive. St. Rose Fire District firemen provided mutual aid with tanker trucks.
PORTABLE GENERATORS POSE RISK IF NOT USED PROPERLY
Following a recent house fire, caused by the improper use of a gas fueled generator, State Fire Marshal David B. Foreman reminds you of the dangers associated with generators. Generators can pose fire risks and also give off toxic carbon monoxide gas if not vented properly. Here are some tips to help keep you safe when using generators.
Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them at least once a month.
Operate generators outdoors away from doors, windows, and vent openings, so exhaust fumes cannot enter your home.
Turn off the generator and let it cool down before refueling.
Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy-duty outdoor-rated extension cord.
Have fuel-burning equipment inspected by a professional every year.