Cause of fire determined


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



Smoke billows from the home at 4250 Fishburg Road as firefighters battle the blaze June 20 that caused approximately $200,000 in damage.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber fire officials believe an illegal ‘open burn’ triggered the house fire June 20 that gutted a home at 4250 Fishburg Road.

The fire caused more than $200,000 in damage and the home was declared a total loss.

According to Battalion Chief Keith Knisley, it is believed the residents were burning tree limbs too close to the house. Wind gusts of 20 to 25 miles per hour pushed the combustion towards the house and caught it on fire. A metal roof on the house contained the fire as it spread. The home owners were not aware the home was on fire until it had done extensive damage.

“The open burn was larger than what is permissible,” Kinsley said.

He pointed out that residents are required to notify the fire department prior to having a recreational fire or an open burn. The Huber Heights Fire Department website, www.huberfire.org contains guidelines for open burns under the ‘Prevention’ tab. The guidelines are as follows:

Huber Heights Fire Division

Open Burning Requirements

The Ohio rules and laws define a recreational fire as:

An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fire-place, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. ONLY dried, untreated wood can be used.

What can-not be burned?

• Yard Waste

• Rubbish

• Plastics of any type

Contained vs NOT Contained:

If the fire is contained in an approved container such as an outdoor fireplace, barbecue pit, etc. the fire must be at least 15 feet from a structure or combustible materials

For an open fire not contained, the fire must be at least 20 feet from a structure, wood fence, neighboring structure or combustible materials. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 20 feet of the fire must be eliminated prior to ignition of a fire.

Required Conditions during a “recreational” burn:

• The fire must be attended while burning and must be completely extinguished if it is not attended.

• A portable fire extinguisher, garden hose, bucket of sand or other suitable means for extinguishing the fire must be provided.

• The fire must not create an offensive or objectionable condition that interferes with the neighboring residents’ use and enjoyment of their property. If this occurs, the Fire Department is required to request the person responsible for the fire to extinguish the fire or extinguish it itself. The Fire Department WILL extinguish fires, which create hazardous or nuisance conditions.

If the Fire Department requests that you to extinguish your fire due to non-compliance with the rules and regulations, or the fire causes an offensive or objectionable condition, you are bound by Ohio law to comply with the request. Failure to do so may result in you being charged with a violation of the open burning regulations.

Smoke billows from the home at 4250 Fishburg Road as firefighters battle the blaze June 20 that caused approximately $200,000 in damage.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/06/web1_Fire_wideangle-1.jpgSmoke billows from the home at 4250 Fishburg Road as firefighters battle the blaze June 20 that caused approximately $200,000 in damage. Photo by Ron Nunnari

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind