Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Apartment Fire at 14th & Emerson Street in Fircrest

Incident Date: 1/30/13
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 1425 Rainier Drive, Fircrest
Incident Type: Apartment Fire

Narrative:  At 9:56 a.m. firefighters from stations 1,2,4,7,9,13,16,& 17 responded to a reported apartment fire.

The first arriving engine company reported heavy flames and smoke showing from a second floor apartment in the 4 unit multi-family building.  Crews mounted an aggressive interior attack in the vacant unit, contained the fire, and found no occupants inside.  The fire temporarily displaced five tenants from two of the neighboring apartments.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and there were no injuries to report.

UPDATE:  Fire investigators determined that a cardboard box left on the kitchen stove by new tenants that were moving in ignited when the power to the unit was re-activated this morning.  The fire resulted in an estimated $96,000 damage to the apartment of origin, with $3,000 of smoke and water damage to the two adjacent units.