Apartment Fire in Keizer; Tragedy AvoidedThursday, April 19, 2012
On scene: 11:26:49
Keizer Fire District was summoned to the location of an apartment fire today, at Partridge Lane Apartments. The fire, in a back bedroom, was growing quickly when firefighters arrived in 3-minutes to extinguish it. Firefighters, who were on the fire engine at the time of call, were able to divert to the scene, for the quick response time.
Neighbors observed smoke coming from the 4-plex style apartment unit on the ground floor and rushed inside to make sure the occupants, 2-children and their mother, were outside. One 4-year old, who had remained in the kitchen, was rushed outside. A fire extinguisher attempt was not effective and there were no working smoke alarms in the apartment, although there was heavy smoke and active fire. Residents inside were asleep at the time.
Keizer Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly, while paramedic personnel began treatment of the helpful neighbors for smoke inhalation, and began overhauling the apartment bedroom and closet, looking for any more hidden fire.
Keizer Police personnel, one fire command unit, one medic unit, and two fire engines, were able to handle the fire scene. Keizer Police were instrumental in evacuation of the neighboring apartments and crowd control to allow the firefighters to work.
The fire investigation is continuing at this time. Early reports indicate that a child playing with fire in the apartment, while his mother was sleeping, was the fire cause and firefighters had been to the residence before for a similar event.
For more information call: Keizer Fire District, Fire Chief Jeff Cowan, (503) 390-9111
www.keizerfire.com Facebook: Keizer Fire District