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Arson Fires Could Be More Difficult To Battle For Big Spring Firefighters

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9 

BIG SPRING - One fire in Big Spring on Tuesday is being investigated as a possible arson. Fires like these are more dangerous to firefighters when they are intentionally set.

The fire broke out in the 1400 block of Stanford Street early Tuesday morning. The quick response of the Big Spring firefighters contained the flames before it got out of hand.

"Contained the fire damage primarily to the front porch area. The guys did a heck of a job, again quick response. Fortunately, there was no one in the home at the time that we arrived. It is an occupied house but the residents were not there," Big Spring Fire Marshal, Carl Condray, said.

Big Spring has seen three suspicious fires in 2014. A percentage that Condray says is still lower than the seven percent state average.

"Our suspicious fire count is running at three percent. We're very fortunate, even with the influx of people we have. It's a tough dynamic to meet. Our department is doing well. We're trying to meet the demands of the city," Condray said.

Firefighters risk their own lives every time they battle a fire but arson fires could be more dangerous.

"Some arsonists take steps to try to enhance or further the spread of fire. Sometimes they do things to hinder the firefighters responses. Fortunately, we don't see that like bigger cities but it's always a risk," Condray said.

If the fire is possibly arson, the firefighters will take extra steps.

"If they suspect that it's arson on their attack, they then fall back to a different mode. They try to be more aware of their own self-preservation but also the preservation of evidence," Condray said.

Any fire that breaks out in Big Spring, the department is ready.

"We're very fortunate the way our city is laid out and our stations are laid out. We're never more than four minutes away. Four or five minutes is a really good number for an initial response," Condray said. 
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