January 25th- January 31st
Multi-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week
A Douglasville fire started on the third floor of an apartment building and caused extensive damage to the building. Red Cross officials say the fire affected 36 units, displacing a total of 50 people. Everyone made it out safely, but the fire department is calling the three dozen units a total loss. The fire department was able to rescue four cats and revived two with oxygen.
A fire broke out at the Broadway Hotel in Singapore and began on the ground floor restauraunt of the hotel. Upon arrival, the SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force) were able to contain the flames and one 65 year old man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
A fire in Indianapolis that began on a second-story apartment balcony has left nine temporarily homeless, fire officials say. Indianapolis Fire Department crews were called to the scene by the occupant of an upstairs apartment, who was awakened by the smell of smoke. The man, who lives in the smoke-filled apartment with his girlfriend, was met at the front door of his apartment by firefighters, who helped him from the building.
Authorities say a malfunctioning space heater is to blame for a fire that caused an estimated $75,000 damage to a Mount Prospect apartment building. Firefighters were called to the three-story building to find smoke and fire from an apartment on the top floor. The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes and no one was injured. "A quick response and an aggressive interior attack by our firefighters led to this fire being brought under control with limited damage to the apartment building," Fire Chief John Malcolm said. "As this fire demonstrates, space heaters can be dangerous. Residents should follow space heater guidelines and recognize the fire risk that space heaters pose."
A resident suffered minor injuries when he jumped off a balcony during a fire Sunday night at an apartment complex. One firefighter had burns on his hand and was taken to a hospital, he was released after treatment. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one apartment.
Firefighters arrived to a Nevada City home to find all the second-story units were engulfed in flames and some nearby pine trees had also caught fire. All six apartment units in the building were destroyed and eleven people were displaced in the fire. Because of the fire forced two people were forced to jump from their bedroom window to safety.
The Steubenville Fire Department reported to the high-rise after tenants complained about a foul odor, some described as a smokey smell. Officials weren't sure what caused the smell, but as a precaution, they made the call to evacuate the entire building. The cause of the smoky smell is still unknown, and the Towers Building were closed for the day.
The Charleston Fire Department will be training at a 14-story building in downtown Charleston. The building was originally constructed in 1948, has been vacant since August 2014, and is one of the tallest buildings in the city. “A building of this size allows the department to train on a variety of scenarios, from routine forcible entries to the challenges of operating in a high-rise structure,” said Mark Davis, Assistant Chief of Special Operations. “We can train on procedures, test concepts, and develop new and safer methods to carry out our mission.”