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Austin duplex catches fire, displaces family of 7

Posted on December 15th, 2010 No Comments

Earlier this week, a fire broke out an Austin duplex and left a family of 7 without a home.  Fortunately, the American Red Cross of Central Texas is helping the home’s residents with their living situation.

According to reports, the fire broke out at around 7:30 A.M. on Monday morning at a duplex located at 10304 Brownie Drive.  Austin Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene and discovered that the fire started in a water heater closet and spread to the attic of the building.

Emergency Services Director Jose Dominguez stated, “This is the second fire we have responded to in the last three days.  We urge Central Texans to use caution this holiday season”.

Contact Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 today to discuss having your home or business’ fire alarms serviced, repaired or inspected.

UT frat house attic catches fire

Posted on December 10th, 2010 No Comments

This past Tuesday morning, the attic of a UT fraternity house caught fire.  Investigators believe faulty heating equipment caused the blaze.

Firefighters responded to calls about the fire at around 4:20 A.M. at the Delta Epsilon Psi house in the West Campus neighborhood.  Only one resident was unable to evacuate before firefighters arrived.  The one resident was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for possible smoke inhalation injury.

Firefighters said that the fire was contained to the attic’s insulation.  No estimates have been made yet concerning damage to the frat house.

To discuss having your home or business’ fire alarms serviced, repaired or inspected, contact the Austin fire alarm specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 today.

Old Del Valle school building catches fire

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Last month, an old Del Valle Independent School District annex caught fire.  The building is located in a field off FM 973 and Texas 71.

Austin firefighters received a call around 4:50 P.M. on Monday, November 20th that the building was in flames.  Firefighters were able to control the blaze in just under an hour.  Fire officials were unsure of what caused the fire but will continue investigations.  FM 973 was shut down for about an hour while Austin firefighters worked to stop the fire, causing significant traffic delays for drivers near the airport.

Battalion chief Thayer Smith stated, “It looked impressive for a few minutes just because there was a lot of smoke.  But we knocked it down quickly and it was confined to one end of the building”.

It is important to keep fire sprinkler systems in large commercial or institutional buildings in good condition.  Contact the Austin fire sprinkler inspection specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 today to learn more.


Austin Fire Department warns of dangers of frying

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Austin Fire Department issued a statement warning residents of the dangers of frying.  Over the weekend, firefighters teamed up with the H-E-B Plus grocery store on Riverside Drive and held a demonstration on how to properly fry a turkey.

State Farm insurance claims data for 2005-2009 shows that frying-related accident and injury claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to other days in November.  In addition, Texas had the most frying-related claims filed of all states on Thanksgiving Day from 2005 to 2009.

The fire department wants cooks to know that frying-related  accidents and fires are easily preventable if you make sure your turkey is completely thawed and do not use too much oil.  Most accidents occur because cooks put too much oil in the fryer and when the turkey is dropped in, oil splashes over the sides of the pot.  Also, the fire department suggests keeping a fryer away from flammable objects and away from wooden buildings or structures.

If you want to better protect yourself in the case of a fire, contact the Austin fire extinguisher experts of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more about fire prevention and safety.


City Council to vote on new water plant

Posted on November 17th, 2010 No Comments

This Thursday, the Austin City Council will vote to officially finalize the construction of a new water treatment plant to be located at the intersection of RM 620 and RR 2222.  The plant will cost $300 million to build and has already been approved by the council.  Thursday’s vote will concern final contractual issues needing to be approved for construction to be completed.

The plant will extract 300 million gallons of water from Lake Travis and treat it for Austin residents’ use.  Mayor Lee Leffingwell said of the plant, “We have to have it not only for drinking water but also for public safety, we have to be able to put out fires”.

Backflow preventers protect the drinkability of water and should be inspected to ensure water cleanliness.  Contact the Austin backflow preventer specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 if you are in need of backflow preventer repair, service or inspection.


North Austin apartment complex catches fire, 43 displaced

Posted on November 10th, 2010 No Comments

Last Thursday evening, the Silvervale Aparments located in North Austin caught fire.  Investigations determined that a cigarette that was not properly put out caused the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at the apartments around 5 P.M. on Thursday to see 22 out of the apartment’s 24 units occupied.  Rescuers helped the apartment’s occupants out to safety and no injuries were reported from the fire.  3 of the complex’s units were severely damaged from the fire and 11 others were damaged from smoke and water damage caused by the fire.

Experts estimate damages to the apartment complex around $200,000 and $30,000 in content damage.  34 adults and 9 children were left homeless after the fire.

Contact the Austin fire sprinkler systems specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more about installing fire sprinkler systems to be better protected from fires.


House fire in Houston kills teenage girl

Posted on November 4th, 2010 No Comments

A  two-story home in Northwest Houston caught fire early this morning and tragically took the life of a 14-year old girl.  Firefighters responded to 9-1-1 calls at around 3:30 A.M.

When firefighters responded on the scene, the girl’s family was waiting outside and informed them that she was trapped inside.  Firefighters attempted to climb up a window into the girl’s room but the flames were too intense to get inside the house.  The girl’s mother, father and brother were all treated for smoke inhalation, burns and other minor injuries at a Houston hospital.

By the time firefighters were able to control the fire, the second story of the house had completely collapsed.  Arson investigators from Harris County will be investigating this tragic fire.

Our utmost sympathies go out to the girl’s family and friends.

Oldest dance hall in TX destroyed in fire

Posted on October 28th, 2010 No Comments

Club 21, the oldest remaining dance hall operating in Texas, was destroyed in a fire caused by a traffic accident early Sunday morning.  Club 21 is located in Uhland, Texas 20 miles south of Austin and was built in 1893.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the two-car accident occurred around 2:30 A.M. in front of the dance hall.  One of the vehicles crashed into the front of the club and started the fire.  The dance hall and bar were not open at the time of the accident.

40 firefighters from 7 different area fire departments responded at the scene to contain the fire.

If you are considering installing a commercial fire suppression system in your business, contact the Austin commercial fire suppression systems specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 210-333-7000 to learn more.

Storage facility spontaneously combusts in El Paso

Posted on October 20th, 2010 No Comments

Earlier this month, a fire broke out at a storage facility in El Paso after a cardboard box of oily rags spontaneously combusted.

According to El Paso fire department officials, 40 firefighters arrived at the L&M Radiator Co. storage facility at 8PM Saturday, October 9th.  It took the firefighters around 20 minutes to put out the fire which caused heavy smoke and some flames to come out of the building.

After investigating, it was determined that the fire was caused by a box of oily rags stored in the facility.  Storing oily materials in combustible containers, like a cardboard box, can be extremely dangerous.  Investigators estimate that the building suffered $70,000 worth of structural damage.

If your business is not protected from the possibility of a fire, contact the Austin commercial fire suppression system specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more.


National Fire Prevention Week

Posted on October 13th, 2010 No Comments

This week across the country communities are recognizing National Fire Prevention Week by hosting events to educate on fire prevention and safety.  Several of the campaigns are focused at young children to make sure they grow up with knowledge of what to do in the case of a fire.

Fire Departments suggest that all homes and schools have a specific plan of what to do in the case of a fire and a place to meet outside.  Other tips include never leaving a fire on the stove or fireplace unattended and replacing the batteries in smoke detectors at least twice a year, or having your alarms serviced by professionals.  Furthermore, it is important to have your home’s chimney inspected to make sure there is no build up that could actually increase the chances of a fire starting.

If you or someone you know needs their fire alarms serviced, repaired or inspected, contact the Austin fire alarm specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more.