WORKING SMOKE ALARM CREDITED WITH SAVING 3 LIVES
|Apartment Fire Plymouth Drive |
A late night fire at an apartment complex in Keizer heavily damaged one unit and left two other units uninhabitable due to smoke and water damage. The initial 9-1-1 call was received at 11:46 pm, and first units arrived at 11:50 pm.
Keizer firefighters arrived at the La Maison apartments on Plymouth Dr NE in Keizer to find flames showing from the rear window and front door of the upstairs unit number 771. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack on the fire while confirming all occupants were safely out.
The initial fire was extinguished and under control in approximately 15 minutes with the assistance of outside fire agencies from Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District #1. Four Engines, Two Medic Units, One Duty Officer and One Fire Investigator were on scene, for a total of 19 fire personnel. No firefighter injuries were reported.
Alecia Brotherton, the occupant of unit 771 stated that she was awakened by the smoke alarm sounding. She said that when she exited her bedroom, she encountered moderate smoke in the unit. She stated as she entered the living room she observed flames in the area of the computer and the computer desk. She then quickly grabbed her two sons ages two and three and ran outside then called 9-1-1. Ms. Brotherton credits the working smoke alarm for saving her life and the lives of her two sons by alerting her in time to get out. Fire Marshal Joel Stein concurs that without the operating smoke alarm to alert Ms. Brotherton, it is probable that all three would have perished in the fire.
All occupants from the three apartment units were able to find temporary housing with friends or relatives. Initial damage estimates place the loss at approximately $65,000.00 to the structure and $5,000.00 to contents.
At the time of this release, the fire is under investigation, and no immediate cause has been determined. Investigators will be on scene in the morning to continue the investigation.
For additional information, contact Joel Stein Fire Marshal, Keizer Fire District. 503-390-9111 or cell 503-932-6014.