There were no injuries in a house fire late Thursday morning on Foxwood Circle in Oliver Springs.
The Oliver Springs Fire Department was able to respond quickly—arriving within four minutes—because of a new standby program. That program uses the Fire Department’s volunteers to staff the station with firefighters to improve staffing levels and allow faster response times, said Justin Bailey, Oliver Springs assistant fire chief.
He said Thursday’s porch fire at 120 Foxwood Circle was reported at 11:50 a.m., and it extended into the home’s attic. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes with help from the Oak Ridge Fire Department and Marlow Volunteer Fire Department through an automatic mutual-aid program.
Bailey said fire damage was contained to the back porch and attic space. Other damage included smoke and water to lower levels of the structure.
The American Red Cross was notified to provide help to the family during the extremely cold weather conditions, Bailey said. There were no injuries to the occupants or firefighters.
Bailey said the new standby program started January 1, and Thursday’s fire was the first structure fire since it started.
“There is no increased cost to the citizens of Oliver Springs with the implementation of this program,” Bailey said.