While putting out a house fire at a home near the corner of 6th Avenue and Park Place — a job that took five hours to complete — Jasper Fire and Rescue officials had to help a city resident who was having difficulty breathing and assist another Jasper family.
The pale yellow cottage-style home at 506 Park Place in Jasper could not be saved by the city’s firefighters who were called to the scene at approximately 6 a.m.
“When we arrived on the scene, about half of the house was involved,” said Jasper Fire and Rescue Capt. David Clark.
Clark said what took so long to put out the fire were “hot spots,” particularly active areas of the fire, which the firefighters had to “dig out” by entering the house.
In addition to extinguishing the blaze, the firefighters prevented flames from jumping to other residences. However, a property fence near the house was damaged.
Clark said he had not yet been able to confirm the identity of the property owner. However, he said it appeared that the house was being renovated. No one was at the house when the blaze was ignited.
Although the city firefighters had their hands full Sunday, Clark said the workload was not unusual.
“We’re getting busier and busier every day,” he said.
On Thursday the firefighters put out a fire at Walston Bridge Apartments, which has been ruled to be accidental by the fire marshal, according to Clark.
Clark said the cause of Sunday’s fire is “hard to say.”
“We put the origin of the fire around the carport,” he said, adding that nothing appeared “out of the norm.”