One person was injured after re-entering a burning Aberdeen Home Saturday night. At 10:54 p.m. the Aberdeen Fire Department, along with the Hoquiam Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 223 W. 5th Street in Aberdeen. The initial response consisted of a command unit, three engines, and a medic unit with a total of 11 personnel
The first unit on scene found a two-story structure heavily involved with fire. The neighboring home was also threatened by the flames. Reports from Police on the scene were that all occupants of the structure on fire were out, as well as the neighboring home.
The fire had already advanced well into the structure limiting any access. The fire was initially fought from a “defensive” stance with emphasis on protecting the neighboring home. A second alarm was called for, resulting in a response of a ladder truck and 3 ambulances with an additional 13 personnel, including the Chief and Assistant Chief. The fire was brought under control at 12:19 a.m. At that time crews were able to enter the structure to fully extinguish the fire.
Occupants of the home state that they were alerted of the fire by their smoke detector. There were two adult men, a woman, and a child in the home. They all safely exited the home, however, one of the residents re-entered the burning structure to retrieve some belongings. That individual suffered 1st degree, and possibly some 2nd-degree burns. The individual went non-emergent to the hospital in a private vehicle.
“NEVER re-enter a burning structure for material goods.”
The home sustained significant damage, and is likely a total loss. The neighboring home also sustained damage to windows, siding, wood fence, and the roof.
These residents were smart to have had a working smoke detector which alerted them to the fire. As a reminder, NEVER re-enter a burning structure for material goods. These items can be replaced, human life cannot.
The investigation is on-going.