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Comment by Shea Hanson on December 11, 2008 at 1:40pm
Also, in houses like this the attic is continuous, despite the various roof lines and valleys. There are no stops or partitions (well, at least there usually aren't). It was probably an open attic area which would have allowed for the fire to spread without hinderance. The cut may have been "closest to the fire", but it just as well could have been made on the other side of the peak, assuming its actually that type of roof/attic. Its easy to arm-chair a fire like this since there are so many variables in this type of house depending on where we work. All in all, it was aggressive and a good cut, the brother just got caught on the wrong end.

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