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Hanford house damaged by fire

Firefighters extinguish blaze, rescue dogs

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Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire Monday that caused major damage to a north Hanford home, the Hanford Fire Department said.

乐动体育Around 8:37 p.m., firefighters were called to the 200 block of East Amber Way for a reported fire. Firefighters arrived and found the fire on the east side of the house. The fire department said neighbors had notified the occupants, who began searching for their two dogs.

乐动体育Fire Engine 1 began to put out the fire while other personnel rescued the dogs from the house. Hanford fire Chief Chris Ekk said both dogs required oxygen therapy, which was administered using specialized pet oxygen masks. The masks were donated in 2014 by local veterinarians Lee Fausett and Rhett Swasey of Hanford Veterinary Hospital.

乐动体育Ekk said it’s not uncommon for pets to become lost during a home fire.

乐动体育“A lot of times what happens is the dogs get scared and they run and hide,” Ekk said.

乐动体育The fire department said 30 percent of the house was lost. All of the contents were lost due to heat, smoke and water damage. The total property loss was valued at more than $82,000.

A total of 20 personnel responded to Monday’s fire. As part of its automatic aid agreement with the city, the Kings County Fire Department provided an engine and truck to assist the fire suppression and search teams.

乐动体育The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Ekk said the official cause may not be known for up to two weeks.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, Ekk said, there was no evidence that any smoke detectors sounded during the fire. He urged citizens to change the batteries in their smoke detectors twice a year when the time changes for daylight saving time.

乐动体育“When you change your clocks, change your batteries,” Ekk said.

乐动体育Ekk said some residents remove batteries from smoke detectors for use in other electronic items. Others simply ignore their detectors until the chirping caused by a low battery stops. Ekk said firefighters responding to non-fire calls will occasionally hear the chirping and remind residents to replace their batteries.

Ekk said the Hanford Fire Department has continued to see an increase in cooking-related fires. As of a March 1 Sentinel report, eight kitchen fires had been reported in 2016, compared with 17 for all of 2015.

On Monday afternoon, a toaster caused a kitchen fire in the 900 block of South Phillips Street.

Many of the kitchen fires have been caused by unattended cooking equipment or items that had been stored in the oven before it was turned on. Ekk said the fire department is preparing some public education efforts to combat the unusual number of kitchen fires.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or meiman@Hanford . Follow him on Twitter @MikeE_HS.

HFD firefighters rescued two dogs last night from the house fire on Amber Way. Captain Isaac Buller and Firefighter Scott Mellon are administering oxygen to Sugar with the pet oxygen masks donated to the HFD by Dr. Lee Fausett from the Hanford Veterinary Hospital. Thank you Dr. Fausett!

Posted by on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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