Fire department: Closed doors stopped spread of fire through home

November 28, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Fire Department responded to a report of a residential fire in the 800 block of Surf Spray Drive on Tuesday at 12:45 a.m.

The occupants slept with their bedroom doors closed which kept the smoke from filling the other bedrooms and no one was injured, officials said.

Closing the doors “probably saved their lives,” said BCFD Captain Steve Campbell.

New research from Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute shows that a closed door not only blocks smoke. It can also slow the flow of heat and toxic gases, giving people the extra time they need to wake up to the sound of smoke alarms and get out alive, officials said.

Cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

The first engine crew to reach the location, No. 761, noticed light smoke coming from the rear of the residence. They discovered a mattress on fire once they entered the structure.

“According to the residents, they were asleep at the time of the fire and had no working smoke alarms to alert them of the danger. Luckily, the family’s dog started barking, waking them before it became a tragic situation,” a press release from the department said.

Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and keep it contained to the bedroom area. Although the structure received only minimal damage, the occupants could not re-occupy the home because of the smoke damage and the Red Cross was called to assist the family.

The BCFD encourages everyone to learn more about the Close Before You Doze campaign and have working smoke alarms in your residence. For details, contact BCFD’s Fire Prevention Division at 928-754-2001.

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