Rapid response saves Rockport home from fireBlockage, crack in chimney leads to fire
Quick response by members of Rockport Fire Department kept a chimney fire from spreading to the roof of a home at 509 Rockland St. the morning of Feb. 25.
The call came in to Knox County Regional Communications Center around 6:50 a.m. as a report of a chimney fire and as crews arrived on scene the fire had begun to spread to the trusses, according to Fire Chief Jason Peasley.
“There was a blockage and a major crack in the chimney that allowed smoke to fill the house through the crawl space,” Peasely said. “We were lucky to get here before the trusses caught on fire; one of them was really charred when we got in there and took a look.”
Peasley pointed to the quick response time and the availability of crew at that time in the morning to keeping a bad situation from getting worse.
“We had 16 firefighters and three trucks all there within 12 minutes,” Peasley said. “Just a few minutes later – it could have been much worse.”
The home, owned by Robert Emery, received mostly smoke damage in the crawl space, along with the charring of one of the roof trusses.