The Danville Fire Department was dispatched to 531 Third Ave. this afternoon at 4:45 pm to a report of a house fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke showing from a single story house. All the occupants had gotten out and were able to get two of their three dogs out with them. Firefighters found and rescued the third pet and it was in good shape.
The fire crews deployed an attack line through the front door and found the kitchen heavily involved with fire and heavy smoke filled the remainder of the house. They were able to confine the fire to the kitchen and extinguish it. The other rooms suffered heat and smoke damage. The family will be staying with other family members.
The department responded with 3 engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 chief officers and a safety officer. All together there were 17 fire personnel on the scene for almost three house making sure the fire was out and assisting the family.
The cause of the fire was determined to be a shorted electric drop cord under the kitchen stove.
We want to caution against using unsafe drop or extension cords and to never run them under furniture, appliances or rugs under any conditions.
Released by: Battalion Chief Dallas R. Swiney