CASPER, Wyo. — Casper firefighters have quickly extinguished an attic fire on the 5000 block of East 17th Street.
Casper Fire-EMS was dispatched at 8:12 a.m. Firefighters responded to a structure fire reported to Casper Public Safety Communications Center by a home security system, a news release states. The response included six units, the on-duty battalion chief and investigators with the Natrona County Interagency Fire Investigation Task Force.
Firefighters found a fire burning in the attic of the home and quickly exposed the area and confined the fire to the area of origin.
One homeowner and the family pets exited the home prior to the arrival of firefighters and were uninjured, the release states.
Crews were assisted by Banner Health Wyoming Medical Center, Casper Police officers, telecommunicators with the Public Safety Communications Center, Technicians from Rocky Mountain Power and Black Hills Energy.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“Casper Fire-EMS credits functioning smoke alarms connected to a third-party security system for their prompt notification to firefighters — because of this, firefighters were able to quickly locate and extinguish the small amount of fire with minimal damage and disruption to homeowners,” the release states. “These elements, combined with swift action, averted loss of the home and will allow the residents to remain in the home.”
Casper Fire-EMS is reminding residents that working smoke alarms save lives.
“Smoke alarms should be located on every floor of your residence, in common living areas, and in sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are in good working order. If you have older smoke alarms, change the batteries twice yearly,” the release states. “Newer smoke alarms come equipped with batteries that may last up to 10 years without replacement — consider purchase and installation of these alarms if your current alarms are approaching the end of their service life.”