By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Three Cumberland County firefighters escaped injury Friday after they were briefly trapped inside a burning home while fighting the blaze.
"We made an aggressive offensive attack on the fire until a major catastrophic collapse occurred with a large section of the second story and roof coming down, trapping three firefighters inside. After accessing and removing the trapped firefighters, we switched to a strictly defensive attack as there was little left to be salvaged...," Assistant Chief John Hall states in a report.
The fire was at the home of Ricky Stanko, according to the report, at 1531 War Eagle Dr. in Lake Tansi.
No one was injured in the blaze and a few pets were also able to escape the blaze without injury, according to Cumberland County Firefighter Daniel Coleman.
The report states the blaze was reported by a neighbor at 10:33 a.m. Friday. The homeowners were out of town when the fire occurred.
"The fire had obviously been burning for a considerable amount of time before it was reported...," the report states.
The home was approximately 80 percent involved when firefighters arrived on the scene. They were able to save a pickup truck and some other valuables from the home; however, it was considered a total loss, as well as the contents, with a value of the loss listed at $200,000 for property and $90,000 for contents.
At least seven units and 29 firefighters were on the scene for approximately four hours Friday before it was extinguished, according to the report.
Firefighters and volunteers responded from the 5th District, main station and several other districts.
Although Cumberland County Fire Department officials and investigators investigated the blaze, they were unable to determine the cause of the fire, or where the fire started in the home.
The names of the firefighters were not listed in the report.