A Gardnerville resident was treated for smoke inhalation after a chimney fire that spread to the back wall on Thursday afternoon.
East Fork firefighters responded to Meadowlark Circle after the fire was reported at 2:11 p.m.
“Initial arriving units reported smoke coming from the rear of the structure from a possible chimney fire,” East Fork Chief Tod Carlini said. “Crews under the direction of Battalion Chief John Brawley initiated an offensive fire attack. Crews located the fire in an exterior wall around a fireplace.”
Smoky conditions inside the home required firefighters to don breathing apparatus in order to fight the blaze.
“Crews were able to access and suppress the fire and keep the fire spread limited to the area around the fireplace,” Carlini said. “This is an area which is not served by a water system. The district had to rely only on the water that it responds with.
East Fork Fire Protection District responded four engines, three ambulances, three water tenders, one service company, and command staff.
Mutual aid and district coverage was provided by Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Carson City Fire Department, Antelope Valley Fire, Mono County EMS, Central Lyon County Fire, and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in move up and cover services.
“The District is responding to 7,000 calls per year now and when resource draw down occurs, regional resources are requested,” Carlini said. “East Fork’s rural water delivery capacity is almost entirely supported by its volunteer personnel. Volunteers are responsible for water supply, logistical support, and a measured wildland fire response.”
Carlini reminded residents to have their fireplaces and chimneys inspected, serviced, and cleaned, especially with the change in season and the arrival of colder weather.