Green Home Saved by Alert Neighbors


Yesterday, December 9, 2013 at 01:03 p.m., Douglas County Fire District No.2 firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire at 1993 Linnell Avenue in Green.   On arrival at the scene at 01:07 p.m. (4 minutes later) firefighters encountered smoke and flames on the back side of the house coming from inside an enclosure used to house a gas water heater, and spreading rapidly up the wall and roof eaves on that area.  Firefighters confirmed talking with neighbors that no one was home and proceeded to aggressively attack the fire to prevent its spread into the attic space, and limit the extent of the damage.  The fire was declared under control at 01:17 p.m. (10 minutes after the initial arrival of fire units at the scene).

The fire was discovered by next door neighbors Kenneth and Prutrecia Tucker, who leave at 1987 Linnell Avenue.  The Tuckers told firefighters at the scene that they were returning home from doing their recycling at Rays Food Place when they noticed the smoke on the back of the neighbor’s house.  Mr. Tucker mentioned that he initially thought that his neighbor was burning some leaves, but when he noticed that there were no cars in the driveway went t to check and discovered the fire.  While Mrs. Tucker reported the fire to 911, Mr. Tucker led the two dogs that were inside the house at the time of the fire out and took them to his house.  He also contacted his neighbor and alerted him about the fire.

There were no injuries as a result of this fire.  Initial damage to the building is estimated to be $2,800.

Fire investigators were called to the scene and are at this time investigating the cause of the fire.

DCFD2 responded to this incident with 2 fire engines, 1 ambulance, 3 command unit, and 10 firefighters.  They were assisted by Winston-Dillard Fire District No.5 with 1 fire engine and 3 firefighters.

“There is no doubt that the actions taken by Mr. and Mrs. Tucker played an important role in allowing firefighters to control the fire quickly, and limiting fire damage to the home occupied by their neighbor Trevor Likens; and for that they should be commended,” said Fire Chief Greg Marlar.