Bella Vista home catches Fire

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT

Fire­fight­ers put out a fire at 3 Ched­dar Drive last Sat­ur­day, April 28.

No hu­man in­juries were re­ported, but Bat­tal­ion Chief Robert Hamilton said that one of the three cats did not sur­vive the fire and a bird that was in the house was miss­ing.

The fire is be­lieved to have started, he said, when em­bers from a con­trolled burn blew un­der and against the deck at the rear of the house. While the burn pile was hosed off, he said, some ma­te­rial deep in­side it re­mained hot.

The fire spread from the deck to the house, he said, and fire­fight­ers were able to put it out.

Any­one burn­ing leaves, he said, should be care­ful to en­sure the fire is com­pletely out. It’s best to spread the leaves with a rake be­fore hos­ing them down, he said.

In this case, a res­i­dent was sleep­ing when the fire started, he said.

“She woke up to see smoke out the back door,” Hamilton said.

The home’s res­i­dents, Ken and Ja­nis Roper, stood out­side watch­ing the fire­fight­ers work.

“All of our clothes, our food, ev­ery­thing is in there,” Ja­nis Roper said.

Roper said she was es­pe­cially con­cerned about the car in the garage and, of course, her cats.

Mo­ments af­ter say­ing she never ex­pected to see her furry friends again, Roper saw Ja­son Young car­ry­ing Bella from the house, fol­lowed by fire­fighter-para­medic Wil­liam Coker with Missy.

“It’s a mir­a­cle,” Roper said.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a house fire at 3 Ched­dar Drive. Bat­tal­ion Chief Robert Hamilton said that the fire ap­peared to be caused by em­bers from a con­trolled burn that wind car­ried to the deck.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Fire­fighter-EMT Ja­son Young, left, sits with fire­fighter-para­medic Wil­liam Coker af­ter res­cu­ing Ken and Ja­nis Roper’s cats, Missy and Bella, from their burn­ing house at 3 Ched­dar Drive.

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