On Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm, Pinion Pine firefighters were dispatched to the 3000 block of Lawman Drive in the Lazy Y U Subdivision for a reported shed fire with possible exposures which brought the response of E511 from Fire Station 51 (fs51), E523 from Fire Station 52 (fs52) and Battalion 5. First unit on scene found a detached garage fully involved with fire and no exposures to the house. Crews deployed a CAFS attack line and had the fire knocked down in 14 minutes from their arrival. Firefighters remained on scene for approximately one and a half hours, overhauling the fire.
|Firefighters Matt Young and Mike Schmidt are seen overhauling the fire|
The homeowner stated he had barbequed the day before and left the coals in the barbeque outside, after letting them cool overnight, he separated the ashes from the coals and placed the coals on a shelf in a wire basket. He believes the coals were not 100% out and had continued to burn, catching items on the shelf on fire and spreading throughout the garage. Although nothing had spread to the adjacent structure or brush, the garage itself was completely destroyed. We remind everyone to double check your coals, even if they do not feel warm to the touch, place them in a fire safe container away from any flammable materials and douse with water.
Article and Photos by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District