Chicken Finger Grease Fire Triggers Natural Gas Explosion
Firefighters from three separate Cullman County fire departments are battling a house fire along the 1700 block of County Road 38 this evening.
The call came into Cullman e911 around 6:45 pm as a fully involved residential structure fire just west of Interstate 65 in the Damascus community.
Based upon occupant testimony the fire started in the kitchen area of the home.
Chicken fingers were on the menu for dinner.
While cooking with grease, the chef/occupant became distracted and delayed from monitoring the cooking process by guests visiting the residence.
Soon the kitchen was ablaze from the grease which had caught fire in her absence.
Fortunately, the occupant and guests safely exited the burning home with a call to 911 involved.
According to Colony Fire Chief Wymon Boyd, sometime between the 911 call and firefighters arrival, the flames ignited a natural line creating an explosion.
With that, the home was rapidly consumed by flames.
In speaking with Dodge City Fire Chief Matt Weaver, when his fire crews arrived the roof of the home was burned off, and the interior of the house was in flames throughout.
Deputy Clayton Dew with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office closed both directions of County Road 38 at the location to ensure emergency responder safety and facilitate fire truck ingress and egress.
The primary occupant of the home is a delightful woman very well liked by many people in the Colony community. She is married to Chief Boyd’s cousin.
We speak with Chief Boyd in this interview:
Colony Assistant Fire Chief Doug Farley was among the first to arrive. He is instrumental in getting assistance from the Red Cross:
“This home is a total loss, unfortunately. I’ve contacted the Cullman chapter of the Red Cross. They should be out here at any time now.”
The American Red Cross is expected to provide bridge support for the occupants displaced by this fire.
As of 9:30 pm, there have been no injuries reported to the occupant, guests, neighbors or firefighters.
County Road 38 may remain closed for some time yet as fire personnel sifts through the rumble working to extinguish remaining fires and hot spots.