Four Displaced, None Injured, Following East Side Apartment Fire
This release was updated to reflect the correct number of displaced tenants. Four tenants and multiple guests were displaced by this fire.
--PIO Cynthia Schuster
An east side apartment building is displaced following a fire that caused significant damage.
Engine Co. 3 arrived to a two-story, four-unit apartment building with smoke showing. Firefighters noted the location of the fire as they did a 360-degree review of the property. The crew made their way to the second floor from the exterior and entered the apartment. Firefighters found fire rolling out of the kitchen and into the next room. Engine Co. 3 knocked down the fire, searched the room, and also searched the next apartment unit. Nobody was found inside. Ladder Co. 1 went to the attic to check for fire extension, finding none. A secondary search of the building was performed, and firefighters confirmed all occupants had evacuated unharmed.
The amount of smoke and fire damage forced the displacement of the entire building. Four tenants and a number of guests were unable to return.
The fire began as a result of flammable contents being stored in an oven that had been turned on. Overall damages are estimated at around $70,000. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced tenants.