Incident number: 18-00127
Type of emergency: Residential Structure Fire Incident date: January 7, 2019
Alarm time: 12:36a.m.
Address/location: 83 S. 24th St.
Occupied? Fire apartment was not, however other, apartment units in the building were.
Owner: Sherry Stimeck
Probable cause (if known): Faulty Cooking Appliance
Structure type: 4-Unit Apartment Dwelling
Construction type: Wood Frame
Estimated property damage: Undetermined
Estimated contents damage: Undetermined
Location/extent of damage: Kitchen pantry area
Hazardous materials involved: N/A
Specialized rescues: N/A
Vehicles involved, if any: N/A
Other information: Battle Creek Fire Department was dispatched to possible structure fire, reports of smoke coming from a window at 83 S. 24th St. It was unknown if the apartment was occupied. Engine 4 arrived to find flames showing from a first-floor apartment window with smoke throughout the apartment. A hose line was deployed and the crew quickly entered the apartment to extinguish the fire. The fire was extinguished with no issues and a first-floor search for occupants was completed. Car 3 and Engine 2 arrived. Car 3 assumed command and E2 assisted with the second-floor search. It was determined that no one was home at time of fire department arrival.
Truck 6 stood by for water supply from a hydrant and Squad 6 ventilated the structure. Engine 5 was assigned as a back-up crew and Rescue 3 was cleared shortly after. Crews on scene were E2, R3, E4, E5, T6, SQ6 and Car 3. The cause of the fire was determined to be a faulty cooking appliance that was operating in the kitchen pantry area.
Smoke alarms did alert the neighboring apartment occupants of the fire. Working smoke alarms save lives; be sure to check yours today.