CCFR responds to roof fire in the Mendenhall Valley

Mendenhall Valley roof fire

CCFR Fire Marshal Dan Jager investigates an early morning house fire in the Mendenhall Valley. Photo courtesy Rich Etheridge.

A house fire in the Mendenhall Valley Thursday morning caused $50,000 damage, but did not result in any serious injuries.

Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Rich Etheridge says firefighters responded to a call about 6 a.m. to find heavy fire on the roof of a home on Meadow Lane.

Three people were evacuated from the home and taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Two were checked for smoke inhalation and one was treated for burns on their foot.

Fire Marshal Dan Jager investigated the cause of the blaze. The house was in the process of being re-roofed, and Jager believes the fire started when a halogen work light made contact with a plastic covering and tar from the old roof.

The house had smoke alarms, but they weren’t active in the attic due to the re-roofing project.

Besides fire damage to the roof, Etheridge says the rest of the house sustained significant water damage.

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Three people were treated for minor injuries after an early morning house fire in the Mendenhall Valley.

Fire Chief Rich Etheridge says Capital City Fire and Rescue received a 911 call around 6:00 a.m. Thursday, and crews arrived at the house on Meadow Lane to find heavy fire on the roof.

Etheridge says the house is in the process of being re-roofed, so there were open trusses and only about half the decking was back in place. Fire Marshal Dan Jager is working with the homeowner and the contractor to determine the cause of the blaze.

While the fire was contained to the roof, Etheridge says the rest of the house sustained significant water damage.

Three people were home at the time. Etheridge says they were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where two were checked for smoke inhalation and one was treated for burns on their foot.

Etheridge says the investigation continues.