Smoldering fire damages home’s upstairs

From Local Sources

JASPER — Damage to a home’s upstairs bedroom area Sunday was estimated at $30,000 after an electrical light fixture shorted in the ceiling.

Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the report of attic smoke at the Robert E. Tinkle residence at 820 Second Ave. at 3:19 p.m.

Occupants had smelled something getting hot before ultimately calling authorities after having trouble tracking down the problem.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said firefighters found smoldering insulation upon arrival. The department used water extinguishers to put the fire out and then pulled down an upstairs ceiling in a search for hot spots.

“We kept finding hot spots as we were pulling it down,” Hochgesang said.

Nothing else was damaged, Hochgesang said, so the occupants were able to remain in the home after closing off the bedroom.

Five trucks and 28 firefighters were on the scene for 50 minutes.

Minutes before the Second Avenue run, firefighters had briefly responded to an alarm activation in an ambulance bay at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, 800 W. Ninth St.

That low-water alarm was an issue turned over to hospital maintenance to correct, according to Hochgesang.

Two trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene for 10 minutes.

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