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Structural Fire Demands Quick Response

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Date: November 20, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431

Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received an emergency call on Tuesday, November 20 at 8:12 a.m. reporting a structural fire at the Signal Mountain Lodge convenience store. A quick response by firefighters from Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS helped contain the fire to the convenience store. The interior of the building sustained extensive smoke and fire damage. There were no human injuries during this incident. 

A Signal Mountain Lodge employee discovered the fire in the convenience store, which is currently closed for the winter season. He used an extinguisher in an attempt to suppress the fire and made an emergency call for help. 

The first responder, a Grand Teton National Park ranger, arrived within 10 minutes of the call for help and he directed firefighting resources as they arrived on scene. Two structural fire engines and one ambulance from Grand Teton National Park, plus three fire engines from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS-Engine 11 from Jackson and Engines 42 and 47 from Station 4 at Moran Junction-arrived shortly after to support suppression efforts. Using thermal imaging, firefighters located unseen hotspots in the building's walls and mopped up areas with lingering heat. 

A joint investigation is being conducted by Grand Teton National Park with the assistance of a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS investigator. Further details are not available at this time.

Did You Know?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.