MIAMI – Fire destroyed a residence at 915 23rd SW Street owned by Stephen and Sarah Cook in Miami on Jan. 17.
According to the Miami Fire Department's report, a 911 call came in at 9:42 p.m. last Wednesday night regarding a fully involved home. The residents of the home were outside when four firefighters arrived from the North Station at 9:47 p.m. as well as the MFD Fire Chief and Chief Deputy.
On Engine No. 4's arrival, the firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the open front door of the multi-level residence and flames extending from the southwest side of the home at the ground level.
The fire appeared to be contained to the west half of the single level section of the home.
Quapaw Tribe Fire was called for mutual aid.
The owner of the home, Sarah Cook, was standing in the yard and told firefighters her bedroom was on fire and no one else was inside.
Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire first from the southwest corner of the home, and a second line was pulled to the west.
The fire was knocked down in the south bedroom but firefighters noticed the fire had started to roll over into the kitchen and dining room area.
The firefighters redirected their attack to the west kitchen window and were able to stop the fire from further spreading.
Cook told firefighters she had left the home around 7:30 p.m. and returned at 9:20 p.m. to find smoke coming from her house.
"She opened the front door and could see heavy black smoke in the kitchen area and fire in the back room,” MFD Firefighter James Turner wrote in the event report. “ She stated she had a portable heater plugged in to keep her animals warm and could see the fire was in the area.”
Smoke, heat and fire damages caused an estimated $135,000 in destruction to the property and contents, according to the MFD report. No injuries were reported.
The last MFD unit cleared the scene at 2 a.m. after ensuring all hot spots were extinguished.
The report lists the probable starting point of the fire at a portable heater being used but the factors contributing are listed as undetermined.
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