Bend Fire & Rescue put on a demonstration Friday, showing how quickly fire can spread through the centerpiece of a holiday recently past. One room had a sprinkler system, which quickly snuffed the flames. The other had no sprinkler.
“The room went into what we call 'flashover,' where everything is involved in fire in a matter of less than a minute," said Cindy Kettering, deputy fire marshal.
Nationally, Kettering said, more than 200 Christmas tree fires occur each year. A Christmas Eve house fire in La Pine likely started in the Christmas tree, fire officials there have said.
“This is definitely the time to get those trees out of the house," Kettering said.comments powered by Disqus