Dupo firefighters acted quickly to save a house from ruin early Tuesday morning, according to Capt. Monte Miller.
Miller said his department was dispatched shortly after 2:30 a.m. to a home in the 600 block of Florence Avenue. By the time firefighters arrived, a family of four — a man, woman, teenager and child — had escaped without injury.
“We got on scene and three of our guys made a really fast attack on it and knocked the fire down,” Miller said. “It’s a credit to those three guys who were on the hose because that was the most important part of the whole ordeal.”
He said those three men were Dupo firefighters Capt. Bobby Smitt, Capt. Anthony Johnson and Lt. Josh Horn.
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About 85 percent of the house was saved, with the heaviest of damage occurring in the attic and kitchen.
“It could have been a lot worse. I can’t say enough about the guys that made the initial attack,” Miller said.
Miller said a tree had been knocked down onto a power line during the storm. The area of the home closest to the power line suffered the most fire damage but the captain could not confirm whether the fire started there or not.
Miller said Ameren Illinois employees had visited the house a few hours prior to the fire to address the fallen tree on the power line. Ameren Illinois officials were not immediately available for comment.
Red Cross was assisting the family with immediate needs, but Miller said most of their personal belongings were saved.
Dupo firefighters responded at least 10 calls for power line issues between 7:40 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. during a strong storm that passed through the area.