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Northwest Austin apartment fire leaves 30 homeless

Posted on March 26th, 2010 No Comments

An apartment fire in northwest Austin has left 30 people without a home and caused $2.6 million in property damage.

The fire broke out around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday at 9219 Anderson Mill Road. Sixty firefighters from the Austin and Jollyville fire departments reported to the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and investigators say that because the building collapsed, further investigation is needed. Luckily, no one was injured.

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Unidentified Woman Killed in Texas House Fire

Posted on March 16th, 2010 No Comments

A woman was killed in a house fire in southeast Houston Monday.

Firefighters battled a blaze at a southeast Houston home shortly after 4:00 a.m. Monday on the 8000 block of Colonial near Redbud. Firefighters discovered a woman’s body buried in rubble the next day.

According to Assistant Cheif Karen Dupont with the Houston Fire Department, the fire was so large commanders took a defensive approach to the blaze. The fire “was fairly well involved,” Dupont said. Firefighters worked for 45 minutes to control the blaze and conduct a search of the home.

The woman, whose identity is not known, was found in the rear section of the house.

Harris County medical examiners will conduct an autopsy on the woman to confirm her identity and determine a cause of death.

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How to Make a Fire Escape Plan

Posted on March 10th, 2010 No Comments

In the event of a fire in your home or business, every second counts. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can grow into an uncontrollable blaze. It only takes a few minutes for an average house to fill with smoke. Preparing and practicing a fire escape plan is extremely important.

Develop an escape plan for your home or office and practice the plan every month. It is a good idea to practice escaping from every room in your home. The best escape plans allow for two ways to leave every room. If a primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke, a secondary route like a window, could be a life saver.

Designating a meeting place outside the home is an important part of developing a good escape plan. Choose a meeting location away from the home where everyone can meet. This will ensure nobody is hurt looking for someone who is already safe.

Good fire safety takes practice. A fire alarm and suppression system are vitally important to your safety and the safety of your investments. When you need inspections, repairs, or installation, only the best will do. Please contact the Austin fire alarm experts of Ace Fire Equipment today by calling 512-835-2020.

Texas Home Destroyed by Fire

Posted on March 5th, 2010 No Comments

A home in Johnson County, Texas was completely destroyed by fire on February 25.

The driver of a truck traveling on Valley View Road near County Road 920 called 911 after observing heavy smoke billowing from a building. Four different fire departments responded to the call. Firefighters reported that the two story house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

A strong wind fanned the flames as firefighters battled the inferno. A lack of fire hydrants in the area also hampered the work of rescuers. The building began to collapse in sections. Firefighters eventually declared the house a lost cause when everything had collapsed but a couple garage walls.

A properly working fire alarm and suppression system are of paramount importance in any building. Please contact the Austin fire alarm experts at Ace Fire Equipment today by calling 512-835-2020.