(Rock Island, WA)…A father and son escaped their burning home without injury early Tuesday morning in Rock Island. Douglas County Fire District 2 crews were called out at 1:00 a.m. to a structure fire in the 5600 block of Penn Avenue. NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom has the story.
It was an early morning call for Douglas County Fire crews who had to immediately ask for some extra help from outside resources on a fully involved structure fire in Rock Island. Douglas County District 2 Assistant Chief Cam Phillips described what they found upon arrival.
“We were dispatched to an unknown type fire about 1 o’clock this morning. Shortly after it was dispatched, we were given some additional information and upgraded this to a structure fire. The Rock Island crew arrived shortly after one (a.m.) to find a fully-involved structure fire. Conditions were severe enough that we were unable to make entry, we call that a defensive fire. We remained in defensive fire attack for about two hours until we could get a wrap on this thing and get it knocked down,” said Phillips.
Phillips added that there was a lot of stuff around the outside of the house which made it difficult. “The fire had a real big head start on us so we had a lot more fire to contend with out here. And there were some classic cars and different things stored around the house that gave us additional obstacles.” Phillips said a pile of tires caught fire as well.
The father and son were the only people in the home when the fire broke out. The father, who wished to remain unidentified, said he woke up to the house being dark as if the power was out. He got up and found his son using his cell phone light by which to see and they both heard crackling from the front corner of the house and saw flames. He said at that point, they got out as quickly as possible and used the son’s cell phone to call 9-1-1.
Phillips says there was a cat that the owners believe survived the fire. However two cockatiels did not make it out alive. The fire is under investigation as crews remained through the morning hours mopping up hot spots.