Slidell house fire reported by electric company linemen

A home in Slidell, located just behind the school on County Road 2822, caught fire about 6 p.m. Monday. Greenwood/Slidell Fire Chief Adam North said they were able to contain the fire to one bedroom and the attic of the 90-plus-year-old structure.

The Wise County Messenger said an electric company had been working on the power lines across the street when the linemen smelled smoke. "When they got up in the cherry picker, they could see smoke coming from the back of the house and called 911,” he said.

When his crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back of the home, and it had gone into the attic. The chief said they initiated an interior attack and were able to get a “quick knockdown. It was a great job by my guys doing a quick interior attack,” he said. “It’s very rare to save a house like this in a rural area, especially a wooden structure.”

He said his department had a good response time, and he also gave credit to departments that provided mutual aid. Decatur, Krum and Sanger fire departments were called to the scene, as well as Wise County medics. North said although a pickup was parked in front of the home, the house was locked and no one was home. The structure was remodeled about a year ago.

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