Quick thinking cuts fire damage

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2005

A direct attack by a homeowner with a fire extinguisher, a call to 911 by his son and a quick response by Kenai firefighters contained a house fire to one bedroom Tuesday afternoon.

Bruce Wolf and his 15-year-old son were home at 1506 4th Ave. when they smelled smoke.

The two quickly determined the smoke to be coming from one of the house's three bedrooms and moved into action.

The father took aim with a fire extinguisher while the son called for help.

Kenai firefighters arrived within minutes of the 2:40 p.m. call and contained the fire to the bedroom.

"In house fires like this, that's the goal — contain it to the area of origin," said Assistant Fire Chief Michael Tilly.

The house did not incur any structural damage, Tilly said, and damage was restricted to a couch and some bedding.

The cause of the fire had not been determined by press time.

The son was treated at the scene for cuts to one hand, reportedly suffered when he punched out a window to vent the smoke.

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