CASPER, Wyo. — Firefighters in Casper say that they believe improperly discarded smoking materials was the cause of a house fire in city limits Thursday.
Shortly after 11:30 pm the night of July 23rd, 2020, Casper Fire-EMS units say they were were dispatched to the 2900 block of Navarre Road for a report of a structure fire. A neighboring resident reported smoke and fire on the exterior of a single family home. Firefighters arrived to find a large amount of fire in between residential homes.
“Firefighters evacuated three occupants from the structure of origin and quickly extinguished the fire – containing it to the exterior of the structures, and preventing interior damage,” Casper Fire-EMS said Friday. “Because of quick reporting, and swift action of responding firefighters, the family occupying the structure of origin was able to return to their home.”
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Four units and Chief Officers from Casper Fire-EMS responded to the incident. Officers with the Casper Police Department and an ambulance from Wyoming Medical Center also responded.
Firefighters were assisted by technicians from Rocky Mountain Power and Black Hills Energy.
No injuries were reported at the scene incident.
Investigators with Casper Fire-EMS have determined the cause of the fire to be the improper disposal of smoking materials.
“This marks 3 significant fires damaging 4 structures in the past month that have been attributed to this cause,” Fire-EMS officials say. “Casper Fire-EMS reminds everyone, if you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays. If one is not available, use a metal can or pail.”
Never empty smoking material directly into a trash can. Place ashtrays or metal cans away from anything that can burn.
Never throw smoking materiel into vegetation, potted plants, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, or other similar items – instead, dispose of them in water or sand
contained in a metal container.