Early Morning Fire Damages Rector Home

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This house at 744 Cherokee Drive in Rector was damaged by fire early Monday.

An unoccupied Rector home sustained major damage during an early morning fire Monday. According to a report from the Rector Fire Department, a passerby contacted emergency services at approximately 4:46 a.m. Monday after seeing flames coming from 744 Cherokee Dr.

RFD units quickly arrived at the scene, with initial reports finding flames emerging through the windows of the structure's northwest corner. When the department's two engines arrived soon after, the fire had spread to the attic vent on the western wall.

The front and rear doors to the house were locked, requiring the attack team to enter the front by force. Once inside, firefighters found flames in the northwest corner bedroom and closet. The fire was quickly spreading through the attic to the bath in the center of the structure.

Crews identified supression points for the blaze, attacking the flames with water blasts on the western side and central hallway. Positive-pressure ventilation was used to control the flames, allowing cews to quickly extinguish the blaze. The fire was controlled by 5:45 a.m.

Owner Robbie Bearden confirmed the property had been unoccupied for the past six months, adding no utilities were active at the site at the time of the fire. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

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