Fire pit ashes spark Pembroke fire; embers disposed of improperly

October 22, 2018

Just after noon today, the Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to a call for help in the 800-block of Saint Martin Drive in the Pembroke Meadows area.

 

 

When fire units first arrived, they reported encountering heavy smoke and fire streaming from the rear of the house's right side, with flames extending to the single-story residence's roof top.

 

"Thanks to a quick response, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it could extend inside the home," said department spokesman, Art Kohn. 

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Make sure you put ashes into a non-combustible container and wait 72-hours to put them into the trash.

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Except for some smoke in the house, damage was limited to the exterior siding and a portion of the house's right sidewall.

 

The homeowner told firefighters that he had thrown away ashes from a fire pit, used the night before, into a plastic trashcan located on the side of the house, where the fire started.

 

Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

 

"A natural gas meter was also located in the same spot," said Kohn. "Although the meter was damaged by the fire, there was no gas leak, no ignition of natural gas and no one was hurt.

 

"The Virginia Beach Fire Department reminds everyone to be absolutely sure that ashes from a fire pit, fireplace or grill, are cold - completely out - before disposing of them," continued Kohn. "Make sure you put ashes into a non-combustible container and wait 72-hours to put them into the trash."

 

Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

 

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