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Investigation Revelas Fatal Fire Caused by Electrical Problem

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

FLORENCE, TENNESSEE – State Fire Marshal officials say wiring problems caused the fire last week that resulted in the death of a Florence man.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen said investigators ruled the fire was accidental and likely started from a receptacle in the living room of the house at 314 Patton St. in east Florence.

“We thought from the get go that it was likely some type of electrical problem,” Florence Fire Marshal Jeffrey Perkins said.

An autopsy determined Glen Marvin Hanback Sr., 54, died from smoke inhalation. Hanback’s body was found in the kitchen as firefighters battled the early morning fire Nov. 12.

The fire started in the living room, which is where neighbors said Hanback usually slept. Family members said he lived alone.

“The fire was so bad in the living room that it burned through the roof,” Perkins said. “As we got inside looking around, the attic throughout the house was charred. If the firefighters had not gotten (the fire) knocked down as soon as they did, the whole roof likely would have come down.”

It took firefighters 35 minutes to get the fire under control.

The fire was reported at 4:16 a.m. by a Florence police officer who was on patrol and saw flames in the house.

Sgt. Jeff Stanfield said when he arrived at the house, about two minutes after the call, flames had already broken through the roof and the windows.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 67,000 structure fires a year are caused by some type of electrical problem. Home electrical wiring causes twice as many fires as electrical appliances, according to the fire administration.

A report by fire administration notes most electrical fires result from problems with faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Also, most of the residential fires start in a bedroom.

“This is a very tragic accident,” Perkins said of the east Florence fire.

The fire fatality is the fifth in the Shoals this year and the first in Florence since May 24, 2006.

A mother and her adult son died in a Muscle Shoals residential fire in October, while a Colbert County man died in a Spring Valley fire in May. A Tuscumbia man died in an apartment fire in March.

Story via Times Daily