House fire in Lewiston

Multiple crews responded to a house fire Friday morning near 130 West 300 South in Lewiston.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 10:30 a.m.

Lewiston City Fire Battalion Chief Jake Johnson said he was the first one to respond to the blaze.

“We did have heavy smoke and some fire coming out of the front of the building, out of one of the basement windows and the front door as well,” said Johnson.

The family who lives in the home were able to evacuate before fire crews arrived. There were no injuries except for one of the children who was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Johnson said fire fighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze within a few minutes of arriving on the scene.

“We were able to get the fire knocked down within probably 10-minutes from the time we arrived on the scene. So the rest was just ventilating the structure and getting all of the smoke out of the house, and then just making sure that we didn’t have any other extension anywhere.”

The family told crews that the blaze started when a bed caught on fire in the basement bedroom.

Johnson said it appears the fire was accidental but investigators are determining the exact cause.

“They haven’t given us a for sure. There was a bed on fire in that downstairs bedroom but they are still doing the investigation at this.”

Johnson said crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire thanks in part to the additional manpower from the Richmond, Smithfield, Franklin County, Logan and Trenton fire departments.

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