FD12 Fire Structure Covington

FIRE DISTRICT 12 BATTLES STRUCTURE FIRE NEAR COVINGTON

By: James Hartman

St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 12 personnel responded this afternoon to a structure fire in which a mobile home and a large swath of woods were damaged.

At 1:52 p.m., a resident of 20473 Jefferson St., near Covington, called to report a trash fire out of control. Responding units arrived at 1:59 p.m. and found the skirting around the home catching fire from a burning pump shed. The shed had been ignited by an unattended trash fire.

The fire was under control at 2:08 p.m., with no injuries and no significant damage to the home. The pump shed was destroyed. Seventeen personnel responded with four engines, one rescue vehicle and five support vehicles.

It was the third structure fire in the last few months caused by an unattended trash fire.

“Our citizens need to be very careful when burning leaves and trash in their yards,” said FD12 Chief of Operations Mike Haley, who was on the scene. “No fire – whether in a kitchen, a fireplace, a grill, or a yard – should be left unattended by an adult. Fortunately, damage to this home was relatively minimal, but it could’ve been much, much worse.”

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TWO EXTRICATED AFTER SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH

Fire District 12 personnel extricated two people from a vehicle after a crash on Hwy. 25 north of Covington this morning.

At 8:31 a.m., a caller to 911 / UniFire reported the crash on Hwy. 25 near Hunter’s Bluff. Responding units were on the scene eight minutes later and discovered the vehicle had apparently left the roadway and struck a tree.

At 8:40 a.m., firefighters initated extrication procedures. The driver was removed from the vehicle at 8:55 a.m., and the passenger at 9:27 p.m. Both were taken to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by Acadian Ambulance.

Three FD12 engines and one rescue unit responded, along with personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and State Police.

Any additional information will be provided by investigating law enforcement agencies.

“In the last few weeks, we have responded to four separate wrecks requiring extrication,” said FD12 Chief Darrell Guilott. “While all of these incidents involved some level of injury, it’s very fortunate no lives have been lost. I encourage all drivers to wear seat belts at all times, respect weather and road conditions, and obey traffic laws. We’re glad to have the equipment and training required for extrication, but we’d much rather never have to deploy it.”

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James Hartman
james@jameshartman.net
504.458.4600

FIRE DISTRICT RESPONSE HINDERED BY OVERGROWN DRIVEWAY

A Covington-area home was heavily damaged by fire Thursday morning, and responding units from St. Tammany Fire District No. 12 were hampered in their response by large trees and other plants that made finding and accessing the home more difficult

At 11 minutes after midnight on Thursday morning, a woman called to report her home at 76460 Hwy. 1081 was on fire. The woman and her two adult sons were sleeping and were awakened by the smell of smoke. There was no smoke detector in the residence. All three occupants escaped without injury.

FD12 personnel arrived at the scene at 12:20 a.m. – 8 ½ minutes after the call. Arrival was delayed because the narrow driveway was bordered by a great deal of plant life; locating the entrance to the property and navigating fire response apparatus to the scene was somewhat difficult.

The fire was under control approximately 10 minutes after arrival, thanks to the efforts of 16 firefighters. Investigators believe the blaze was caused by improperly discarded smoking material.

The Red Cross was notified to assist the family.

“We’re glad this family escaped safely from the home, and there are lessons to be learned from this event,” said FD12 Chief Darrell Guilott. “Every home should have a smoke detector. The lack of one at this house could’ve allowed the fire to burn even longer and could have resulted in serious injury or death. Natural features that enhance the appearance of a home can also be dangerous. While lots of greenery for privacy or just for looks can a nice feature for a home, consider that obscuring your property or entryways can cost emergency responders valuable time, leading to greater damage or injury.”

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For more information, visit www.fd12.org, or find Fire District 12 on Facebook.

Media Contact:
James Hartman
james@jameshartman.net
504.458.4600