David Keller, of 123 Valley View Street, Morganton called 911 and reported a smell of smoke and the sound of a fire alarm in his residence just after 2 pm Friday, July 15 2016. The first responding PSO arrived moments after the initial call and saw thick, heavy smoke coming from the basement and main level of the house. Additional MDPS personnel arrived and began fire suppression tactics in an attempt to prevent the house from being fully evolved in fire.
Mutual aid was requested from Oak Hill Fire and Rescue as well as Chesterfield Fire Department. These departments arrived within minutes of the request. These agencies contributed many, much needed volunteer firefighters and equipment during the incident. Burke County EMS and Burke County Rescue Squad was on scene for the duration of the incident. EMS and Rescue Squad personnel continually provided emergency medical support to the fire ground personnel on this hot and humid day.
Firefighters, PSO’s and EMS were on scene for approximately five hours completing fire suppression, overhaul of hot spots and salvaging personal property inside the residence.
The Burke County chapter of American Red Cross was contacted and arrived on scene to provide support for the homeowner.
The residence suffered significant smoke and water damage. Damage is estimated at $80,000.
The fire likely originated in the basement of Keller’s residence. The cause of fire is believed to be electrical at this time. Additional information is being reviewed and the probable cause of fire will be determined in the next few days.