At approximately 20 minutes after midnight this morning, SMPD Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby reporting fire coming through the roof of a house near the intersection of 15th & Chestnut. SMPD Officer Hoeppner was first to arrive on scene and confirmed the address of 1512 Chestnut Street and reported a well-involved fire. This information was relayed to SMFD and the level of alarm was immediately upgraded to a Working Still, which brings in our mutual aid neighbors.
Not knowing if there was anyone at home, Officer Hoeppner forced entry into the house through the front door and was able to check the first floor and did not locate any occupants. He did, however, remove a dog from a kennel in the kitchen and take it from the house. SMFD units arrived on scene and encountered a large volume of fire already venting from the rear area of the roof. The initial attack on the fire was from the interior on the second floor, however, attack crews were making little progress due to a large portion of the roof already being burned away and many areas that were difficult to access. The attack line was withdrawn momentarily while ladders were brought into the interior and areas of fire were then darkened down. Lines were redeployed to the interior and an extensive overhaul operation ensued. A MABAS Box Alarm was requested due to the cold temperatures and extent of the operation, bringing in our next level of mutual aid response.
No injuries were reported. Damage to the house is extensive. The sole occupant of the house was not home at the time of fire, which remains under investigation at this time.
Please keep the occupant of this home in your prayers, and join me in thanking our firefighters and police officers for their work.