A fire on
Three Sister's Way has destroyed a cabin belonging to Lou Dochterman. The chief
of the Bayside Fire Station said that his department got the emergency call around
11 o'clock Thursday morning. Bob Himes said that when the fire trucks
arrived, the house was already engulfed in flames:
"When I got there it was fully involved. We worked on it for
a couple of hours and got in under control and put out though it was a total
loss for the building. The building was unoccupied at the time. It was in the
process of being remodeled. There was one minor injury for a firefighter: smoke
inhalation. All four fire departments responded: City, Bayside, Women's Bay and
the Coast Guard. It took everyone to get it under control and do it safely."
Himes did not name the injured
person who was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He said the
firefighter is now "doing fine."
one was home at the time, he said it took awhile before the fire was noticed.
"It was called in by a neighbor who saw the flames. Right now
it appears that it was started by a portable heater. So it probably started
burning for quite a while before it broke through the windows for someone to
notice. And that's what the evidence is pointing to that it was a slow burning
fire in the beginning and started in the general area of the heater."
Himes estimates that damage to
the cabin was around 50,000 dollars.