Fire Extinguishers Quench Fire in Arcata
Press release from Arcata Fire:
The first arriving engine reported black smoke coming from the eaves of the two story apartment building, the fire crew assumed fire attack operations. Upon entry of the residence, fire crews discovered the fire had been extinguished by the resident using three dry chemical fire extinguishers.
The fire was caused by lightweight curtains coming in contact with a candle. The occupants stated they had returned to the room to find the curtain on fire. They immediately called 9-1-1 to report the fire and then grabbed the fire extinguisher under the sink and expelled it onto the fire. The occupant grabbed two other fire extinguishers that were on site and finally extinguished the fire. Fire crews removed the smoke from the apartment. “Quick action on the occupant’s part and having extinguishers on site made for a great outcome for residents in the building,” stated Fire Chief Justin McDonald.
This incident could have had a much different outcome had it not been for the quick thinking of the occupants, states Fire Prevention Specialist, Jenny Williamson. Arcata Fire District encourages everyone to learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Check with your local fire departments for more information on fire extinguisher classes.