From NLFR Capt. Jim Kusz
Family of Seven Escape Midnight House Fire
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 was dispatched to a residential fire
at approximately 11:57PM, on Monday night, April 28th. Firefighters
arrived to see a home at 431 SE Port Avenue with flames showing from the garage. The dwelling housed a family of seven.
The odor of smoke awakened Amanda Summers and Kevin Durham who quickly woke their five children, age six to thirteen and evacuated the structure. The firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within 18-20 minutes; however, flames had already severely damaged a large portion of the house, and heavy smoke had damaged the remainder of the home.
The American Red Cross had been called to aid the family with immediate
assistance and housing for the night.
“The residents of the home acted quickly;” said Chief Kerr; “and if not for
those quick actions we could have had a much more serious outcome”.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue had eighteen firefighters on scene at the fire
and reported no injuries to family members or crews. The cause of the fire
is currently under investigation.
This serves as a good reminder that working smoke alarms saves lives and to
check your smoke alarms monthly.