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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fire Damages Home in Valley

A Tuesday afternoon fire damaged a Clarkson Valley home, endangered two teens and led to a firefighter being treated for heat exhaustion.

Roger Herin, fire marshal with Monarch Fire Protection District, said a call came in at about 5:30 p.m. reporting a fire in the 16400 block of Quiet Creek Court. Two teens in the home at the time discovered the fire, gathered their pets, left and called 911, Herin said.

"Their quick action likely prevented much more extensive damage," he said.

Monarch firefighters, assisted by Metro West Fire Protection District, doused the fire on the outside, but much of the ceilings had to be removed to access and fight the fire in the attic, Herin said. While the fire damage was limited to the siding, deck and attic, the home suffered extensive water damage throughout, as well as the loss of the ceilings.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, due to apparent heat exhaustion, Herin said. The firefighter has been released.

The fire appears to have started on the exterior deck, however the cause is still under investigation, Herin said.

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