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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gas Fueled House Fire Displaces 4

Charlotte NC – A fire fueled by natural gas caused extensive damage to a north Charlotte home and displaced a family of four.

Firefighters were dispatched to 1204 Stourbridge Lion Drive on Thursday May 17th at 6:45 p.m. Crews reported seeing a large column of smoke in the vicinity of the reported location and declared a working fire.

The crews of Engine & Ladder 27 were first to arrive and alerted additional responding fire companies of flames showing from the roof of a 2-story house. Teams of firefighters made haste to simultaneously advance hoselines and search the burning structure while others worked to shut off the gas supply fueling the raging fire. Additional teams climbed ladders to cut a hole in the roof allowing heat, smoke, and superheated gases to escape. This practice referred to as ventilation assists crews with suppression, search, and rescue efforts. The persistent efforts of (27) firefighters resulted in the knockdown of flames and bringing the incident under control in 32 minutes.

The fire began after the homeowner struck the gas meter with a vehicle while backing into his yard. The resulting impact compromised the meter allowing natural gas to flow freely and unabated to the ignition source being the hot water heating appliance. 

The fire caused extensive damage resulting in the occupants seeking assistance from the Red Cross for temporary housing. There were no injuries reported.

Eternally committed to duty and service,

Mark Basnight
Public Information Officer
Office of Media and Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department


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