KINGMAN - High winds helped fan a house fire that displaced seven people Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Cross assisted the three adults and four children who lived at the home in the 2500 block of Georgia Avenue. The blaze began in the brick structure's attic and spread from there, according to Kingman Fire Battalion Chief Bill Johnston.
A neighbor alerted the family to the fire and everyone safely left the home. No civilians or firefighters were injured, but the neighbor was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, said Johnston in a statement.
Kingman firefighters arrived moments after a caller reported the fire and already flames were coming from the roof. Efforts to knock it down were hampered by strong, steady winds that helped the fire spread from one end to the other.
A neighbor using a garden hose assisted firefighters in an effort to keep the fire contained - and away from his own home. A porch in the neighbor's backyard was slightly damaged, said Johnston. Fortunately, winds for the most part blew away from the neighbor's property.
Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack inside the home until the roof bowed and partially collapsed. They were forced to retreat due to the danger. Capt. Bob Casson, who was off duty, operated a water cannon mounted to an engine while firefighters on the ground continued to use their hoses.
The prolonged deluge helped firefighters gain the upper hand and they re-entered the home and knocked down hot spots. They remained on scene for about three hours.
Johnston said the initial investigation indicates the fire may have been accidental.