Clinton, Fulton fire departments respond to early morning fire

Winona Whitaker/Clinton HeraldA home on North Sixth Street in Clinton displays damage from a fire early Thursday morning.

CLINTON —Three alarms sent nearly 30 firefighters to a house fire at 2309 N. Sixth St. in Clinton early Thursday morning.

The fire damaged the rear of the two-story home, extending to the second floor, the Clinton Fire Department said in a press release Thursday. All occupants were out of the house when firefighters arrived, and no injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

The fire was contained to the back of the house and was under control by 2:50 a.m., Clinton Fire said.

The residents were at home when they noticed the fire in the wall, said Battalion Chief Fred Roling. "It wasn't a huge fire. It was just contained in the wall, so [firefighters] had to cut into the wall," Roling said.

The home is owned by Julie and Daniel Sullivan, according to county records.

The call came in at 1:06 a.m., Roling said, and 12 firefighters and a battalion chief were the first to respond. Five Fulton firefighters responded as a rapid intervention team. RIT is called in for the safety of firefighters, Roling said. "Those guys are to help us if we get trapped."

A third alarm brought an additional 11 firefighters, two battalion chiefs and a safety officer, a CFD press release said.

"The guys can only be out so long," Roling said. "Then we have to put them in rehab."

Firefighters take 10- to 15-minute breaks to check their vital signs to make sure they aren't having health problems. "So we need extra people to come in for that," Roling said. When firefighters are rested and their heart rates and respiration are judged normal, they rotate back to the front lines.

The additional firefighters were needed for additional alarms in Clinton as well, Roling said. "We had a couple of alarms... at the Super 8 [Motel]." A smoke detector at the motel sounded twice during the night, but CFD found no fire, Roling said.

A broken pipe in the sprinkler system at Wild Rose Casino and Resort also resulted in a fire call. "It was just lucky we had the overtime [firefighters]," Roling said.

"It was just a busy night."

A native of Centerville, Winona comes to the Clinton Herald after writing for the Ottumwa Courier for two years.