At about 8:55 a.m. on July 21, Mineral County Dispatch notified emergency services personnel of a structure fire located at 305 J St. Tom and Linda Lyles are listed as the residents at the address.
Mineral County fire and emergency services departments responded to the fire at 8:57 a.m. The Securing our Country Fire Department as well as a member of the Walker Lake Fire Department also offered aid
Smoke curled from the windows of the home as fire trucks and police arrived on the scene. While police blocked off access to the scene, Fire Chief T.C. Knight spoke through a radio while directing firefighters rolling out hoses, suiting up and securing the area. A gradually swelling crowd gathered around the scene.
In short order firefighters equipped with hoses entered the dwelling. The smoke rolling from the windows gradually diminished, and the firefighters emerged unharmed. Shortly thereafter firefighters started rolling up hoses and some of the police force left the scene.
During a later interview about the incident, Chief Knight said the house sustained severe smoke damage He added that the department managed to contain the actual fire from the middle to the rear of the home.
“When we arrived on scene we had visible smoke showing from the eaves of all sides of the house. Our initial crew made entry through the front door. It was an extremely hot environment for the firefighters who made the entry,” Knight said.
“The firefighters quickly made their way to the back of the home, where the glow of the fire was coming from. When they got to the hallway they encountered flames above their heads. They sprayed water and knocked it down very quickly,” Knight added.
The firefighters sprayed a relatively minimum amount of water to extinguish the flames while noting the flames had extended into the ceiling and insulation. “We spent the next hour chasing little hot spots in there. We declared the fire out at 9:14 and cleared the area around noon,” Knight said.
Knight expressed great satisfaction with the way emergency services personnel worked together: “Contrary to the opinions of some, we are a family – one and the same. We rely on each other in life and death situations.”
“We’re a brotherhood that looks out for each other. There’s no animosity between any of thee departments. I’m quite proud to say we functioned as a great team. We completed the task safely, all went home to our families, and that’s a good day for us,” Knight concluded.