Dec 26, 2017
Carl Pelletier

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Responds to Christmas Eve House Fire

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Responds to Christmas Eve House Fire

Jackson, Wyo., December 26, 2017 – At 5:32 in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from the floor vents at a home located off of Fall Creek Road south of Wilson, Wyoming.  Upon arrival, crews entered the crawl space and found heavy smoke.  Water was deployed into the expansive crawl space immediately. 

Efforts to locate the seat of the fire were hampered by the home’s construction.  The fire had compromised the floor construction and interior operations were terminated when a floor collapsed.  The fire found its way into the walls and continued to consume blown-in insulation located within the floor and wall spaces.  The entire structure was lost to fire. 

Firefighters from Jackson, Adams Canyon, Hoback, Moran, Wilson, and the Wilson Pines fire stations worked through the night and Christmas morning in cold conditions.  “Crews worked hard and long hours through the night and morning in cold, wet, and icy conditions,” commented Incident Commander Kathy Clay.  “Everyone did their very best to try to stop this deep seated fire.”

Clay believes the fire originated in the crawl space.  Due to the complete destruction of the structure, investigation efforts were compromised as well.  “What actually caused the heat to spread into the crawl space insulation is unknown at this time,” Clay commented.  The family was able to safely evacuate the structure.

Chief Matt Redwine noted one injury was recorded to a firefighter who strained his hand opening frozen links to fire hose.  “Considering the extremely slippery conditions on the fireground and the many shuttle runs made by water tenders, this was a very safe and successful operation,” Redwine commented. 

Fire crews remained on scene until late into Christmas day afternoon. 

For more information about this incident please contact Kathy Clay, Battalion Chief Fire Marshal with the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS at (307) 733-4732.


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