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PNFD offers live demonstrations during open house

PORT NECHES — Families lined up outside the Port Neches Fire Station to watch as two mock rooms were set ablaze on Thursday.

The 8 X 8 X 8 sized rooms sat side by side and each featured a couch and table with lamp; one with a TV and the other with an old computer. A small wastebasket was set on fire which quickly reached a curtain and began to spread during the residential sprinkler and smoke alarm live burn demonstration at the department’s open house.

A timer nearby ticked off the seconds until the smoke alarm went off. Within about four minutes the room with only a smoke alarm was destroyed. Firefighters waiting close by quickly extinguished the blaze.

Port Neches Fire Chief Steve Curran speaks to families prior to a residential sprinkler and smoke alarm live burn demonstration during the department’s open house on Thursday. Mary Meaux/The News

Port Neches Fire Chief Steve Curran speaks to families prior to a residential sprinkler and smoke alarm live burn demonstration during the department’s open house on Thursday.
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PNFD Chief Steve Curran explained that a fire can spread quickly.

“A house can be completely on fire from a trash can within five minutes,” Curran said.

The second mock room was set ablaze with the smoke alarm sounding at around 18 seconds. By 1:06 minutes the sprinkler came on and the fire was doused.

“I encourage families to purchase residential sprinklers,” he said.

Port Neches firefighters stand guard as a fire is doused by a fire sprinkler system during a live burn demonstration at the department’s open house on Thursday. The sprinkler activated after about one minute into the blaze thus saving a majority of the room. Mary Meaux/The News

Port Neches firefighters stand guard as a fire is doused by a fire sprinkler system during a live burn demonstration at the department’s open house on Thursday. The sprinkler activated after about one minute into the blaze thus saving a majority of the room.
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Prior to the demonstration families walked around the recently constructed fire station looking at the fire engines, an Acadian ambulance, Nederland Fire and rescue truck and the Labelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department Family Safety House.

Amy Saltzman brought along sons Logan, 7, and Lexan, 4.

“This is great for the kids to be able to see the fire station and what firefighters do,” Saltzman said.

James Stewart, 2, left, and sister Jonni Sue Stewart, 1, of Groves, share a wagon during the Port Neches Fire Department’s open house on Thursday. Mary Meaux/The News

James Stewart, 2, left, and sister Jonni Sue Stewart, 1, of Groves, share a wagon during the Port Neches Fire Department’s open house on Thursday.
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Sara Stewart of Groves brought along her children, James, 2, and Jonni Sue, who will turn 1 next week. The Stewarts have a good friend, Brandon Hoffpauir, who is a Port Neches fire fighter and they were there to support him, she added.

The department’s open house coincided with Fire Prevention Week 2015.

Jolie Williams and her son, Hudson Williams, 3, of Norman, Okla. were in town visiting family and stopped by the Port Neches Fire Department’s Open House on Thursday. Mary Meaux/The News

Jolie Williams and her son, Hudson Williams, 3, of Norman, Okla. were in town visiting family and stopped by the Port Neches Fire Department’s Open House on Thursday.
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Bryce Brentlinger, 3, of Port Neches, uses afire hose with the assistance of Port Neches Firefighter John Brown during the fire department’s open house on Thursday. Mary Meaux/The News

Bryce Brentlinger, 3, of Port Neches, uses afire hose with the assistance of Port Neches Firefighter John Brown during the fire department’s open house on Thursday.
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