A blaze started on a workbench in the basement of this home on Tanglewood Drive May 4.

A blaze started on a workbench in the basement of this home on Tanglewood Drive May 4.

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Home fire starts on basement workbench in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 16, 2018

TROY — Troy firefighters responded to a fire at a home on Tanglewood Drive, in the Coolidge Highway and Square Lake Road area, just before 11:30 a.m. May 4. The caller reported seeing flames and smoke up to the ceiling. 

The resident said he believed he had extinguished the blaze after it had started on a workbench, according to a fire report. 

Firefighters entered the smoke-filled, two-story, medium-size home and made their way to the basement. They cooled a small area on the workbench with a pressurized water extinguisher. Crews used fans to clear residual smoke, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement. 

The fire damage was contained to the workbench area, but smoke was visible throughout the home, the release states. Damage estimates were not available at press time, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation. The residents were allowed to stay in their home. 

The resident told fire investigators that he had been working in the basement, then went upstairs to make a phone call, and while he was on the phone, the smoke alarm on the second floor of the home sounded. He said he saw smoke and, not finding the source, proceeded to the basement, Riesterer said. 

The resident located the fire on the workbench and doused it with a pan of water, according to the report. The resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and declined to seek additional treatment at the hospital, according to the fire report. 

Riesterer said there were no other injuries. 

Riesterer said everyone should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home, and the alarms should be no older than 10 years. If someone is unsure of the age of the alarm, Riesterer said it’s best to replace it. 

Riesterer said people should test smoke alarms weekly and have an escape plan with an outdoor meeting place known to all occupants of the home.