2015-10-11 / Columns

Firefighters turn around, keep fire in check

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


Firefighters arrived in time to keep a blaze in the bedroom of a Maplewood Drive residence from spreading. According to Gaffney Fire Marshal Scott Coleman, the cause of the fire was attributed to a young child playing with a lighter. 
(Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Firefighters arrived in time to keep a blaze in the bedroom of a Maplewood Drive residence from spreading. According to Gaffney Fire Marshal Scott Coleman, the cause of the fire was attributed to a young child playing with a lighter. (Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Despite initially being sent to the wrong address Saturday, City of Gaffney firefighters were able keep a fire from spreading beyond the bedroom of a Maplewood Drive home.

Firefighters initially were dispatched to the 100 block of Maple Drive, a road located off West Floyd Baker Boulevard, at approximately 10:30 a.m. regarding a report of a structure fire. Several fire crews from the city’s headquarters station quickly arrived at the scene and reported nothing showing. Moments later, firefighters were informed by Cherokee County 9-1-1 that the fire was on Maplewood Drive — located off Filter Plant Road on the other side of town. Other fire stations that were still en route to Maple Drive quickly changed directions.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much of a delay, if any, there was in getting the first firefighters on scene.

Smoke was showing from the home on Maplewood Drive upon their arrival. Fire Lt. Doug Bowers said firefighters made an immediate interior attack.

Everyone had gotten out safely and no injuries were reported.

Gaffney Fire Marshal Scott Coleman said the fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom at the home, though there was smoke damage throughout the residence. Following an investigation, Coleman attributed the cause of the fire to a young child playing with a lighter.

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