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Posted on: May 15, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck Fire Department responds to two smoking related fires in two day.

At approximately 3:26 PM on Sunday May 13, 2018, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a porch on fire at a house on the 100 block of West Avenue A.  The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate.  The first arriving fire crew established command and conducted a scene size-up.   

The fire crew reported a single family home with nothing showing from the outside and a man wetting down an area of the front porch using a garden hose.  The fire crew made contact with the building occupant who stated that they had arrived home to find smoke issuing from the front of the house and a neighbor spraying water on the porch where a plastic flower planter had been.  Additional fire units arrived on scene and assisted with a search of the house and checked for fire extension into the interior of the home. 

Fire crews confirmed that the house was evacuated. They found smoke in the basement but no fire extension.  The interior of the house was ventilated and an overhaul was conducted of the porch decking material to confirm the fire was out.  Once the overhaul was complete, fire crews patched the hole in the porch decking. 

Four fire department apparatus and 10 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.  Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control.  Metro Area Ambulance was on scene to provide assistance.  Damage caused by the fire was limited to the decking of the front porch and a plastic flower planter.  The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire.  No working fire alarms were installed in the home.  There were no injuries to the building’s occupants or firefighters.  The cause of the fire has been classified as accidental. 

 

At approximately 8:14 AM on Tuesday May 15, 2018, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of smoke coming from a house on the 700 block of North 6th Street.  The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate.  The first arriving fire crew established command and conducted a scene size-up. 

The fire crew reported a single family home with smoke showing from a window mounted flower planter. Additional fire units arrived on the scene and conducted an investigation. Fire crews mounted the porch and found fire in a window mounted flower planter. The fire was extinguished with two handheld fire extinguishers.  The investigating fire crew found that the fire had burned through the window mounted planter box and into the cedar siding of the house. The fire had burned through a portion of the cedar siding and into the wall, but did not penetrate to the interior of the house. 

The interior of the house was ventilated and an overhaul was conducted on the siding material to confirm the fire was out.  A fire attack hose line was deployed to wet down the porch and the space beneath the porch decking.

Three fire department apparatus and eight firefighters were dispatched to the scene.  Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control.  Damage caused by the fire was limited to a window mounted flower planter and the cedar siding of the home.  The homeowner was home at the time of the fire. The homeowner was made aware of the fire by the arrival of fire crews.  No working fire alarms were installed in the home.  There were no injuries to the building’s occupants or firefighters.  The cause of the fire has been classified as accidental. 

The Bismarck Fire Department would like to remind residents to make fire safety a priority when disposing of smoking materials.  In both incidents smoking materials had been improperly discarded into combustible receptacles.  One of the flower planters was plastic while the other was wood.  The flower planters were filled with a potting mix.  Potting mix typically contains combustible organic materials such as: peat moss, sphagnum moss, coir, sawdust, or shredded bark.


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