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Casper Fire-EMS: Fireplace ashes ignited wood pile behind Casper home Sunday

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Fire-EMS crews were able to quickly extinguish a fire in a wood pile behind a residence before it spread to the home Sunday, an agency release said.

Crews were dispatched around noon Sunday to the 2400 block of Allyson Place, a neighborhood just west of the Sunrise Shopping Center. The fire was beginning to extend into a deck and the rear of the structure when crews arrived and extinguished the fire.

There were no injuries reported, and the residents were able to return home Sunday.

An Evansville Fire-EMS investigator determined that the cause was accidental. Ashes from a fireplace had been disposed of outside and ignited nearby combustibles. Windy conditions were a factor in the fire’s ignition and initial spread, the release said.

Casper Fire-EMS recommends that, like smoking materials, ashes from fireplaces should be deposited in a metal container with a lid.

“Because the ashes can retain heat for hours and sometimes days, it is additionally recommended that ashes be thoroughly doused and mixed with water prior to disposal in any combustible containers including trash containers,” the release said.

Casper Fire-EMS credits alert neighbors for calling 911 and rapid dispatch by Casper Public Safety Communications in minimizing damage from the incident.

Initially, six Casper Fire-EMS units responded. Due to a rapid
extinguishment of the fire by the first arriving engine, most units were released before arrival.

Assistance was provided by Casper Public Safety Communication
Center, Casper Police, Black Hills Energy and Rocky Mountain Power.