Casper Fire-EMS releases information on Wednesday evening fire

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Casper Fire-EMS has released information about a structure fire that occurred Wednesday night.

Shortly after 7:00 pm Wednesday evening, Casper Fire-EMS units were dispatched to a residence located at the 1400 block of South Fenway for the report of a vehicle on fire inside of a garage.

Arriving units found a minivan fully involved inside an attached garage of a single family home, with fire rapidly spreading through the garage. Units quickly confined the fire to the garage and extinguished it, preventing extension to the residential portion of the home.

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The residents of the home successfully evacuated prior to the arrival of fire units.

Six units from Casper Fire-EMS responded, along with officers from the Casper Police Department and an ambulance from Wyoming Medical Center. There were no injuries reported as of Wednesday evening.

While the fire was confined to the garage, the attached garage and its contents sustained heavy fire and smoke damage. The vehicle where the fire is currently believed to have originated in, was a total loss. The residents of the home were displaced from the home and are receiving assistance through partnering agencies.

The cause of the initial vehicle fire remains under investigation.

Casper Fire-EMS is reminding everyone that working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of death in a fire by half.

Fire officials say that working smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms to provide a minimum level of protection.

Test your smoke alarms every month by pushing the “test” button. Smoke alarms should also be installed in all rental housing.

Contact your landlord, property manager, or Casper Fire-EMS for help.