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Crews knock down house fire in White City

A fire damaged the porch, eaves and part of the interior of a manufactured home Tuesday in White City, but the two residents were able to make it out OK, fire officials said.

The fire occurred at a home in Suncrest Mobile Estates in the 3700 block of Avenue G, said Jackson County Fire District No. 3 Battalion Chief Will Clelland.

A woman living at the home spotted the flames, Clelland said. She noticed a haze through a window and saw the porch ablaze. She then closed the door and exited out the back with her adult son, who also lives there, Clelland said.

“It seems like a little deal, and it seems pretty obvious, but when residents close the door, they do themselves such a huge favor,” Clelland said. “It provides them time and safety to get out.”

Dispatchers received a 911 call at 7:51 a.m, and District 3 responded with four engines and 18 personnel, Clelland said. The first engine arrived five minutes after the 911 call. By that point, the fire was spreading into the eaves and through a window to the inside.

Firefighters attacked the porch first, with crews from the second engine entering the structure to put out the flames. Firefighters also pulled down ceilings and were able to salvage some possessions inside the house. It took firefighters “a couple” minutes to knock down the porch fire, with about 10 minutes spent on the interior and eaves, Clelland said.

The cause has not been determined, but crews suspect “improperly discarded smoking materials,” Clelland said.

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