A home at 3039 Strawberry Ridge Drive in Arnold was damaged by fire Sunday evening (March 20), reports Ron Harder, public information officer for Rock Community Fire Protection District.
Rock Fire got a call at 6:10 p.m. about the fire, which started in the garage, Harder said.
He said it looked like a vehicle parked inside the garage may have caught fire and started the blaze in the garage.
“Vehicles burn hot and quick,” Harder said.
He said the vehicle fire sent a lot of thick, black smoke in the air.
Harder said the garage was destroyed, and the rest of the house had smoke and water damage, but it wasn’t a total loss.
He said four people, a mother, father and two adult children, were at the home when the fire broke out, and they all got out safely.
Harder said the home had working smoke alarms.
“Having working smoke alarms and having a home escape plans are very, very important,” he said.
After Rock Fire got the call about the blaze, firefighters were on the scene in three to four minutes, Harder said.
“When they got there, it (the garage) was well involved. A fire was blowing out of the front of the garage,” he said. “It’s like facing a fire-breathing dragon when you have a fire like that, but firefighters were able to put in an attack right away. They attacked it pretty aggressively and kept it contained to the garage area and kept it from spreading to other structures.”
Harder said the fire was under control “within an hour.”
He said the after that, firefighters helped with “salvage and overhaul,” removing some of the victims’ personal belongings from the house.
Surrounding fire districts helped with the call, Harder added.