CASPER, Wyo. — A house fire over the long Labor Day weekend has left two people displaced and one family pet dead.
According to a release from the Casper Fire Department, Casper Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire call at the 4800 block of South Oak Street at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
Upon arrival, firefighters saw “a significant volume of smoke and fire,” with the single family home heavily involved in fire on the back side. Additional fire units were immediately called for backup.
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Firefighters cut holes in the roof to divert heat and smoke from the residential portion, said the release. Firefighters used self-contained breathing apparatus equipment to enter the home and knock back the fire, which was under control after about 20 minutes.
One person was in the home when the fire started and was able to rescue two dogs, which were treated at a local veterinarian’s office. The resident was uninjured.
One cat was located in the house but did not survive, said the report.
The displaced residents are being assisted by the City/County Burn Fund and Red Cross.
According to the report, the fire is believed to be accidental and caused by discarded smoking materials that ignited the rear deck of the house. Gusty winds are believed to have accelerated the fire to the interior of the house, said the release.
Damage was extensive and the house is uninhabitable. One neighboring house received minor exterior damage from the fire.