“Upon arriving, we found fire underneath the trailer and smoke in the house,” Taylor Fire Chief Allan Stebbing explains. “…The Command Unit and one of our engines [responded]; we also called for tanker shuttle assistance from Fort St. John through our mutual aid agreement, and they responded with one of their trucks as well.”
Chief Stebbing says fortunately, given the circumstances, the nine firefighters were able to minimize the damage during the five hours on scene.
“We were actually able to contain the fire to two rooms and a hallway in the trailer, and then able to overhaul it and managed to save probably three quarters of the residence,” Stebbing said.
There was also nobody home during the fire except for a residential dog, which Stebbing says is in good health after the owner and firefighters managed to “coax the dog out of the house.”
The cause of fire is still under investigation, and therefore can not be directly attributed to a heater, but Stebbing says there’s still a lesson to be learned.
“We always tell people to make sure that they’re diligent and that they’re watching [the heater], so if there is an incident, they can see it right away,” Stebbing goes on to say. “Ideally, we like to them to have a fire extinguisher close by so that they can try to put it out themselves.”
Stebbing says regardless of how harmless a fire may seem, it’s always better to eer on the side of caution and call 911 immediately.
“It does take our members a little bit of time to gather because we’re a volunteer department,” Stebbing concludes. “…We can always stand down, but you can’t call us ten minutes ago if you didn’t [already].”