Casper, Wyoming (October 10th, 2023) – At approximately 10:00 PM Casper Fire-EMS
Firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire on the 2200 block of S. Jefferson.
Initial reports indicated that fire was “dripping from the ceiling.” First arriving units found a small fire in the ceiling of the upstairs bathroom. Units quickly knocked down the fire and stopped potential spread through the attic space.
Firefighters responded to the scene with 5 units and the on-duty battalion chief. Crews were assisted by Banner Health Wyoming Medical Center, Casper Police Officers, Investigators from the Natrona County Interagency Investigation Task Force, and Tele-communicators with the Public Safety Communications Center.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
As we get closer to winter months, Casper Fire-EMS would like to this opportunity to remind citizens to check their heating equipment and to use supplementary heating elements appropriately.
Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
Never use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container and keep the container a safe distance away from your home. As always, make sure to test smoke alarms regularly.