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7/22/2013 6:02:00 AM
Alarm, teen aid in family's escape from Golden Valley fire
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This was the scene Golden Valley firefighters faced when they responded to a destructive house and garage fire at about 3 a.m. Friday.
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This was the scene Golden Valley firefighters faced when they responded to a destructive house and garage fire at about 3 a.m. Friday.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


GOLDEN VALLEY - Thanks to an alarm service and a quick-thinking teenager, a family of four escaped a fast-moving fire that broke out at about 3 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Santa Maria Road.

According to Golden Valley Fire Department Chief Tom O'Donohue, the fire started in a detached garage and spread to the attic of the manufactured home.

Firefighters faced difficulty putting out the attic fire due to "hidden spaces in the complex vaulted ceiling structure," said O'Donohue in an email.

According to O'Donohue, the homeowner was alerted to the garage fire by an alarm monitoring service. When he opened the back door, flames had spread from the garage to under the eaves of the home and the intense heat drove him back inside, said O'Donohue.

The man's 13-year-old daughter woke up her mother and uncle and the four were able to safely exit.

Firefighters left the already-destroyed garage and a truck to burn so they could focus on the home, said O'Donohue.

The trusses failed and the roof collapsed into the ceiling of the home, but the contents were relatively undamaged, according to Battalion Chief David Martin, who led 14 firefighters in battling the blaze.

No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

This was the third destructive house fire to also burn detached garages in Golden Valley this month. All of them have occurred after midnight. Fire destroyed a home, garage and a vehicle July 14. Another fire destroyed a travel-trailer and garage earlier this month.

O'Donohue said he does not believe the fires are related.

"The fire marshal is investigating both for cause and origin," he said. "At this point neither seems to be arson nor connected."



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