Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Incident Review Team inspects home of fatal fire
Members of the Incident Review Team visited the home of the Feb. 5 fire that took the life of Sandy Hill.
Fire and Rescue Chief Chris Eudailey appointed two volunteers and two career members to the panel to conduct a complete review of the Feb. 5. They were at the home early this morning for more than an hour.
Eudailey said this level of a review has never happened under his two decades with the department.
There have been several people who have told members of the media that the layout of the house is confusing. I have obtained a layout of the house and we will publish it with a story I am currently working on.
The area where the fire started– in a hallway between the main bathroom and the front door–is a bit of a maze of doors. Depending on where the search team entered and the amount of smoke in the home, the first floor could have been problematic. Even so, they successfully rescued a 17-year-old girl in 12 minutes.
The second floor appears to be less confusing, with the door to Hill’s room about 12 feet left of the top of the stairs. It took about 20 minutes to find Hill on the second floor.
The layout of the house should help readers better understand what the search teams faced that night.