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Fire consumed this Deer Creek home last week, which revealed to shocked neighbors their lack of fire protection.

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Deer Creek fire exposes danger

House fire rouses residents to lack of fire protection

When Wild Bill Gibson saw flames leaping from a neighbor’s home on April 16, he grabbed his camera, hoping to catch firefighters’ arrival. Surely, they’re already on the way, he thought. After 10 minutes, he wondered when they’d show. After 30 minutes and no sound of sirens, he wondered whether they’d show at all. As neighbors grabbed garden hoses and hurriedly sprayed the vegetation, Gibson realized they were on their own. Nearly 40 minutes after Gibson starting taking pictures, a crew finally arrived — a Forest Service Hotshot team, which immediately focused on keeping the fire from spreading to the forest and not the home. “I watched this home totally burn from one end to the other — waiting and waiting to hear the sirens of the coming fire equipment that didn’t come — that to me is unacceptable,” he said. Gibson does not blame the surrounding fire departments — he blames the community.

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