CLINTON — Since the end of March, the city has reported three house fires and one in the Super 8 motel, but fire officials say there is no connection between the four incidents.
The fires took placeMarch 28, April 1, April 3 and over the weekend. Clinton firefighters recognizethe uptick in fire activity,but say the fires had no connection.
The Super 8 fire is still under investigation. Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown said that at least one of the fires is from alleged smoking matter and one was confirmed as an electrical fire. Some of the four locations sustained minor damage.
Each of the three shifts at the Clinton Fire Department — A, B and C — responded to at least one call. Investigations can take anywhere from one hour to one year, depending on resources available and the extent of the process.
With good luck, and fire prevention, Brown said fire activity is lower than it once was.
“We’re working hard to make sure all our local entities are serious about arson,” he said. “We don’t want it to be a problem again.”
As for the fires of this spring, early smoke detection is key to saving the home. Brown believes the department averages about four minutes from the time it is dispatched until firefighters arrive at the scene.
Most recently, a small fire started around midnight in an unoccupied room at the motel. Assisted by the Clinton Police Department and the Camanche Fire Department, the flames were extinguished in about 10 minutes.
Eleven personnel, a tower truck, a ladder truck, an engine and two ambulances were on scene. The fire was contained to the room.
Nine days earlier, a structure fire at 3242 McKinley St. took firefighters 30 minutes to control. When dispatched at 3:51 p.m., responders arrived at a single-story home with heavy smoke rising from the eaves and basement windows. The fire was contained in one corner of the house, on both the first floor and basement levels.
The two tenants were not home at the time, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
On April 1, one person was injured in a house fire at 1156 Eighth Ave. South. Clinton firefighters were dispatched at 4 a.m. to a heavy fire at the home. The homeowner was at the residence and transported to Mercy Medical Center – Clinton. Investigation is still ongoing.
On March 28, firefighters were dispatched to 766 12th Ave. South at 1:30 p.m. The department, assisted by the Camanche Fire Department, arrived at the two-story, wood-frame house that had smoke coming from the attic area, and visible from the outside wall.
The cause of the fire was electrical, as wires connected to a porch light had a short.