The Ely Times
Just before midnight on Saturday, a McGill resident was awakened by his smoke detector at the home on Avenue C and called Fire Watch Services.
The resident found a bedroom on fire and quickly exited the house and called 911.
The White Pine County Fire District was dispatched along with the County Sheriff who arrived just moments later to find the resident out of the house and uninjured.
Station 1, Station 2 (McGill) and Station 5 (Ruth) responded with 15 firefighters.
Under the command of Chief Tim Regan, the fire was battled for more than two hours.
“Quick initial actions of the McGill Firefighters kept the fire from spreading throughout the home. Firefighters worked for over three hours to ensure that hidden pockets of fire were located and could not rekindle later in the day,” Regan said.
According to Regan, the fire was investigated and found to be caused by an electrical system malfunction in the bedroom.
County Emergency Management Director Carl Gregory and Social Services Director Desi Barnson worked to secure temporary housing for the fire victim.
No firefighters were injured during the fire.