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A Busy 4th for Firefighters

July 4th was a busy day and night for the Visalia Fire Department. From 8 a.m. on July 4th to 8 a.m. on July 5th, the Fire Department responded to 53 emergency calls for service. 14 of those incidents were fire related.

On average the Visalia Fire Department, responds to approximately 42 to 45 calls for service each day.

Of the 14 fire incidents on July 4th, there were three residential structure fires, one vehicle fire and 10 miscellaneous fires that included grass fires, tree fire, debris fire and dumpster fires. Legal and Illegal fireworks appeared to play a role in some of these incidents.

At approximately 10 p.m., Fire Department resources were quickly depleted due to a large 2-Alarm fire in the northeast part of the city as well as multiple other calls for service. The Fire Department reached out to surrounding agencies for assistance with pending calls for service. Tulare County Fire Department, Farmersville City Fire Department and Cal Fire all responded into Visalia to assist.

There were no injuries at any of the fire incidents. Total dollar loss from the all fire incidents combined is estimated to $50,000.00 to $60,000.00.

Structure Fire #1 - Occurred at 7:56 p.m., on July 4, 2018, at 5445 W. Seeger. Fire crews arrived on scene and found smoke coming from the attic vents of the home. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire was not related to fireworks. Three Fire Engines, one Fire Truck and one Fire Battalion Chief responded to the incident.

Structure Fire #2 - Occurred at 10 p.m., on July 4, 2018 at 1810 E. Houston. First arriving units found heavy fire conditions with limited, narrow access and water supply issues. On arrival, units found one Single Family Residence involved in heavy fire, a second Single Family Residence with an attic fire, a third home as an exposure that was sustaining heat damage, two travel trailers involved in heavy fire as well as trees, grass and miscellaneous debris on fire. Extra resources were called to assist. Seven Fire Engines, one Fire Truck, one Fire Chief, one Fire Battalion Chief and one Fire Investigator responded to the incident.

Fire fighters made and aggressive fire attack under heavy fire conditions and heavy embers casts and were able to keep the fire from spreading to the other structures on the property. The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes.

Visalia Police Department, Edison and the Gas Company responded to the incident. The Red Cross was called to the scene to help 12 adults and one child that were displaced due to the fire. The cause of this fire is believed to be related to illegal fireworks.

Structure Fire #3 - Occurred on July 5, 2018, at 2:51 a.m. at 6207 W. Prospect. First arriving fire units found a two-story Single Family Home with fire on the exterior and interior of the garage. Firefighters quickly extinguished the exterior fire and made entry into the garage, were they found fire inside the garage wall. They were able to open the wall and quickly extinguish the fire. Three Fire Engines, one Fire Truck, one Fire Battalion Chief, Visalia Police Department, Edison and The Gas Company Responded to this incident.

The cause of this fire was determined to be used, legal fireworks that were improperly disposed of in a plastic trash can. The trash can was placed against the exterior garage wall were it caught fire and extend into the garage.

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