Winslow’s emergency response team battles house fire
Winslow’s Fire and Police Departments, as well as Action Medical personnel responded to house fire at 216 W. Elm Street.
The house, which was unoccupied, received damage to the garage, southwest corner and attic areas.
Neighbors gathered to watch firefighters douse the flames, which onlookers believed to have started in the garage of the home.
Though neighbors offered speculation as to the fire’s origin, Sergeant Havlicek of the Winslow Police Department calmly waved this aside.
“We have no idea yet how this fire started; we haven’t been able to get inside,” Havlicek said. “Right now we’re just letting the fire department do its job, and get things cleaned up, we can go in and try to get an idea of what happened here.”
According to Kathy Wittman of Action Medical, the call for assistance came in at 7:07 p.m. Two minutes later, emergency response teams were at the scene and ready for action.
According to Lt. Jim Sepi of the Winslow Police Department’s public information officer, the fire may have been electrical in nature, and is under investigation by Ben Montiel of the Fire Department.
“Montiel is trained in this field and has all of the qualifications.
Chief Candelaria of the Fire Department verified this.
“We are unable to release any information until the investigation is finished,” Candelaria said.
The quick response from Winslow’s emergency agencies Thursday night only illustrates the first-rate service residents of this city enjoy.
“We can get to most calls in five minutes,” Havlicek said of the Police Department. “The other emergency equipment is on hand only a minute or two later.”
“It usually takes us about six minutes from tones to arrival,” Wittman added.
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