OCEAN PARK - On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6:33 p.m., the Pacific County Fire District No. 1 responded to a reported structure fire at the home of Jeff and Brenda Bartlett at 20215 "P" Place.
Fire District units that arrived three minutes after dispatch reported "Heavy smoke and flames showing from the second story" of this A-Frame style home. Firefighters quickly extinguished this blaze, confining the majority of the fire damage to the room of origin.
Fire Chief Thomas O'Donohue stated all occupants were out of the home at the time of the fire, visiting neighbors, when they saw flames through the upstairs window.
Fire District No. 1 fire investigators determined the cause of this fire to be an overloaded, lightweight extension cord next to the bed in the master bedroom. Nine Fire District #1 apparatus and, 20 firefighters responded to this fire.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire although the family lost most of the belongings in the master bedroom and those of their 6-year old daughter in the adjacent room due to heat and smoke damage.
"Fires like this that start in the middle of the night often have devastating results if the occupants do not have, and properly maintain, their smoke detectors," O'Donohue added.