Fire crews and emergency responders were on the scene during the early morning hours on Saturday, for a report of a structure fire.
According to a written statement from Casper Fire-EMS, at approximately 3:00 am Saturday, crews were called for a fire in the 100 block of North Nebraska Street.
Responding crews found a single family residence with light smoke inside.
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Firefighters located an area around a fireplace enclosure had been burning. The area around the fireplace was checked for complete extinguishment along with the attic to assure fire did not spread beyond the enclosure.
Ventilation was also performed to remove smoke from the residence and attic.
The occupants of the residence were home at the time and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
Damage was reportedly limited to charring of paneling, trim, mantel and chase. The occupants were able to return to the home after the fire.
Fire investigators have determined the fire was caused by long term exposure of wood paneling on the exterior of the fireplace to heat.
“Over time, exposure to heat can cause thermal decomposition and charring of wood,” said the statement from Casper Fire-EMS. “The charred wood can then eventually ignite with continued exposure to heat. The process is known as pyrolysis.”
Crews remained on scene for approximately an hour and a half. Casper Fire-EMS was assisted by Casper Police and the Wyoming Medical Center.
Casper Fire-EMS says would like to remind residents of the importance of smoke alarms in the home. “In the event of a fire, especially while occupants are sleeping, it is a crucial warning device to alert sleeping persons to the
presence of fire. Casper Fire-EMS can provide and install these devices to those in need. Please contact us at 235-8222 for assistance.”