Fire­fighter suf­fers mi­nor in­juries in at­tic fire fu­eled by strong winds

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­

Strong winds helped fuel an at­tic fire at a home in the 1300 block of East Yosemite Av­enue around 9 a.m. Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the Merced Fire Depart­ment.

Bat­tal­ion Chief Cory Haas said no oc­cu­pants were in­jured; how­ever, a fire­fighter had mi­nor in­juries. The fire’s cause re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We had some pretty strong sig­nif­i­cant winds com­ing out of the south­east at that mo­ment, and that was fu­el­ing the at­tic fire,” he said.

Haas said the con­struc­tion of the home made it a chal­lenge to ac­cess the fire.

“This is an older home which had a lath and plas­ter ceil­ing; that makes it more chal­leng­ing to gain ac­cess to those con­fined spa­ces where the fire might be work­ing. In this case, the at­tic,” Haas said. “So that in­creased the chal­lenge of this fire­fight.”

Upon ar­rival, crews re­quested an ad­di­tional en­gine from the county, and one ad­di­tional Merced City firetruck was dis­patched to the scene. Fire of­fi­cials said a to­tal of 17 fire per­son­nel re­sponded to the scene.

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