Quick knockdown saves home after grill fire in Rome
ROME — The damage was contained by city firefighters after an outdoor grill on Northwood Drive in Rome caught fire to the residence Sunday afternoon, according to the Rome Fire Department.
Deputy Fire Chief Michael H. Liddy Jr. said the family at 7978 Northwood Drive was heating up the grill to cook around 4 p.m. when they went back outside and found the grill on fire. Northwood Drive is part of a residential neighborhood off Potter Road, north of the City of Rome.
"The were starting to warm up the grill to cook. We're looking into what went wrong with the grill," Liddy stated.
The family called 911 at 4:13 p.m. and responding firefighters found that the fire in the grill had spread to the exterior wall of the home. Liddy said the release valve of the grill's propane tank had ignited and it was blowing flames directly onto the rear wall of the residence.
The chief said the fire had gotten under the aluminum siding of the home and was burning in the walls. He said it was fortunate that the home had aluminum siding.
"It helped prevent the spread" of the flames, Liddy stated. "If it wasn't aluminum siding, it would have been worse."
City firefighters trained hose lines on both the propane tank and the walls of the home, having pulled off the siding. Liddy said they kept the tank under control until all of the fuel was burned out. And he said the firefighters stopped the fire from spreading up into the eaves.
Liddy said the quick response "saved the house."
The fire damage was contained to the exterior wall, with some smoke damage in the attic and inside the residence. Liddy said the three occupants were allowed to stay in their home, though there will need to be some repairs.
Liddy said fire investigators are trying to determine what went wrong with the grill, which was a new purchase. He said the grill "could have had more of a distance" from the home, but was otherwise used in compliance with fire safety precautions.
No one was injured.
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