A working smoke alarm alerted residents in this home of a fire that began on the back porch. Everyone exited the home safely. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Firefighters are currently at the scene of a house fire on the 1000 block of Sherry Street. The fire apparently started at the back of the house, possibly on a back deck, which was heavily damaged.

A neighbor, Garrett Middleton, said he heard cracking and popping sounds and looked outside to see the deck and side of house engulfed in flames. “I grabbed a garden house and another man came running over and we sprayed the back of the house until the fire department arrived,” he said.

An electrical line was knocked down before the firefighters arrived, due to the fire, and it was laying in the back yard.

With smoke alarms blaring from the inside, firefighters immediately entered the house with air packs and worked the fire on the mid level of the house. A child in a bedroom was carried to safety, and according to reports, was not injured but placed in an ambulance to keep cool. Temperatures were near 90 degrees outside and much hotter inside.

Firefighters coming out of the house, once their breathing apparatus was removed, were dripping in sweat and their bunkers were covered in attic insulation. Support personnel delivered bottled water and helped the firefighters change their oxygen bottles.

Neighbors began clustering a safe distance away, taking photos and talking among themselves.

Photos by County10.com’s Ernie Over who reported from the scene. Click to enlarge

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