Ireland firefighters extinguish deck fire

From Local Sources

IRELAND — Firefighters with the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department went to the western edge of the county Sunday afternoon when a home’s back deck caught fire.

The 3:09 p.m. callout sent units to the Dean Schmitt residence at 8842 W. State Road 56, according to Fire Chief Stan Seifert.

Schmitt was away from home but a passerby noticed smoke and reported the fire, Seifert said. Neighbors also noticed the fire on the 12-by-16 deck and used buckets of water to hold down flames until the department arrived, Seifert said.

When contacted, Schmitt told Seifert he had grilled behind the house Saturday evening. Seifert said winds likely spread a hot ember that triggered the fire.

Flames did not damage the house but firefighters sawed into the deck to ensure there were no hot spots.

Four trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene for 20 minutes.

More on