Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, 911 received a cellular telephone call from a building contractor advising of a fire in a home, belonging to Mitch and Janine Seavey, under construction on Montana Street in Sterling. The caller indicated the building had smoke coming from the second story of the home. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
The building contractor is credited with noticing the smoke before leaving the home.
Central Emergency Services sent an engine, three tankers, a medic unit, one ladder truck and two command vehicles to the incident. Within 13 minutes of the call, the first arriving engine reported smoke and flames coming from the second story windows of the home. The fire was declared under control within 17 minutes of the first arriving engine.
The three bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home sustained fire damages to one bedroom, the kitchen and the ceiling to the garage. The remaining second story sustained smoke and heat damage, while the first floor sustained light to moderate smoke damage.
Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be cellulose insulation packed too closely to the wood stove piping. Manufacturer instructions advised allowing at least a two-inch clearance between the stove piping and any combustible material or insulation.
The property damage was estimated at $15,000.
Fire officials warn homeowners that all wood burning appliances should be installed to the manufacturer's instructions. Also, wood stoves should have a minimum of 36 inches of clearance to combustible materials such as furniture, clothing and paper products.
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