GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis Fire Department responded to a residential fire Sunday morning on Chestnut Avenue.
An initial call for help was logged by Gallia County 911 at 8:48 a.m., reporting a truck on fire which was endangering homes at 1800 and 1804 Chestnut Avenue. Officers from the Gallipolis Police Department were first on scene, immediately evacuating both residences. Nobody was injured in the incident. Reports say the homes are not livable as of this time.
According to Mike Null, assistant fire chief for GFD, they were advised that both structures next to the truck were on fire while en-route from their station. Due to the size of the fire and the timing of the call, the Point Pleasant Fire Department was also requested by Null once on scene. They responded with eight firefighters and two trucks to assist.
American Electric Power and Columbia Gas were also called immediately per protocol. Null explained that in residential fires the main power to a home adds a significant risk for emergency personnel, as does a gas line to the residence. The main electrical line to the home had burned away and started arcing while officers were on scene.
Both of the homes were single story wood frame residential buildings, separated by a carport attached to 1800 Chestnut. According to the 911 call log, callers stated the fire originated at the truck.
Null also explained the need for first responders to size up the scene upon arrival. Because the homes had electrical and gas utilities, they present a risk to emergency personnel.
“It does nobody good to add to the dangers and hurt additional people,” said Null.
The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and is currently investigating the incident. According to Null, the cause of the fire is unknown and has yet to be determined.
One residence housed a family with four children and several churches have reached out to offer help. If an organization would like to make a donation or help out, contact Gallia Emergency Services at 740-446-3126.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or [email protected]