House Fire Tuesday on Dee Drive Controlled Quickly

Firefighter EMT-I Andy Lindberg, left, goes “on air” in preparation to suppress the fire while Capt. Chuck Dudrey assesses the fire. Fire damage can be seen on the back of the house in the electrical service equipment. (Photo courtesy of SFR)
Firefighter EMT-I Andy Lindberg, left, goes “on air” in preparation to suppress the fire while Capt. Chuck Dudrey assesses the fire. Fire damage can be seen on the back of the house in the electrical service equipment. (Photo courtesy of SFR)

A structure fire originated in some electrical panels on the outside of a private residence at 76 Dee Drive on Tuesday afternoon, but was extinguished in less than an hour by Sheridan Fire-Rescue and Goose Valley Fire Department.

No one was injured, and a dog was removed from the home and in good condition following the incident. SFR Fire Marshal Brian Songer said that though the fire originated in electrical service panels on the back of the house, the exact cause of the fire is not known and remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Moderate fire damage was sustained to the exterior of the house, and the inside of the house sustained some minor smoke damage.

A neighbor reported the fire via-911 call after seeing smoke coming from the back of the home. The home is owned by Jeramy and Kathryn Lucas.

One SFR responder to the fire was Capt. Chuck Dudrey. Tuesday was Dudrey's final day at Sheridan Fire-Rescue, completing a 30-year career with the department. Dudrey chose to retire along with Capt. Ed Fack in order to reduce lay-offs that resulted from the department's transition of ambulance service in Sheridan to Rocky Mountain Ambulance. Six personnel were laid off instead of the projected eight. Lay-offs went into effect Aug. 1.

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