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No injuries in home electrical fire

  • One bedroom fire on Old Ashby road in Mason
  • One bedroom fire on Old Ashby road in Mason
  • One bedroom fire on Old Ashby road in Mason

MASON — Fire officials suspect an electrical cause in the first-alarm fire that broke out in a second-floor bedroom of a home at 317 Old Ashby Rd. on Monday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.

But what caused the fire is not entirely clear.

“Probably our best guess is electrical. It started between the mattress and the wall,” said Mason Fire Chief David Baker in an interview Tuesday.

The sprawling home, which is owned by Karl Torkildsen of Mason, is a former inn, said Baker. Torkildsen was alerted that there was a problem when his smoke alarms when off, said Baker.

Torkildsen attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher, which may have mitigated the damage, Baker added. Torkildsen was then able to escape the house without injury.

When first responders arrived on scene, smoke was emanating from an upstairs windows, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rick Griffith.

“We managed to contain it to the one room and its content,” said Baker. “We were able to knock it down fairly quickly, and luckily it didn’t extend into the attic or the bottom floor.”

First responders were able to put out the flames surrounding the room’s contents and remove them from the house.

“We found a mattress on fire and were able to put that out. The bedroom doors were closed when we arrived; if they weren’t, the fire could have been a lot worse,” said Griffith.

Chief Baker echoed Griffith’s comments, saying, “It’s a large, old structure. If it had gotten out of that room, it would have been a much larger fire than what it was.”

The one room that experienced the damage will need repair, as fire officials had to break into the wall and ceiling to ensure that the fire hadn’t spread.

The house was turned back over to the Torkildsen residents after the fire was extinguished. “We advised them to keep the power off and have an electrician come by and check the place out,” said Griffith. There were no injuries, according to fire officials.

Mason received mutual aid assistance from Brookline and Greenville.

“The available Mason crew was only three people,” said Griffith. “It’s hard during the weekdays to assemble an adequate crew.” With the help of Brookline and Greenville fire departments, three tankers and three engines responded to the scene.

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