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Blaze damages WC apartment

Moderate fire damage to unit and heavy smoke damage to other apartments reported

April 16, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

A fire broke out on April 12 at an apartment located at 1003 Funk St. The apartment building is owned by Gerald Peterson and was being rented out to Justin Yager.

The Webster City Fire Department received the alarm at 8:14 p.m. and arrived at the building at 8:16 p.m. The fire was reportedly controlled by 10:25 p.m.

Fire reports indicated that upon arrival at the apartment building, found that there was moderate smoke coming from the front door of 1013 Funk St. Fire personnel entered the building through the front door and the team first went upstairs and then to the basement. They encountered fire rollover in the kitchen from the fire that was coming up the stairs. They advanced on the fire down the stairs. At the same time, there was fire that was coming up through a vent in the floor, the department pulled the cover off and put a hose line on full fog through the floor. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the basement. While the inside fire attack was taking place, other personnel were outside setting up positive pressure ventilation - two men out on a hose line had a hydrant hooked up and charged, and were checking the rest of the building.

It was reported that there was moderate fire damage to the basement and light fire damage to the kitchen on the main floor. There was heavy smoke damage to the resident that was on fire, heavy smoke damage to the residences on each side of the fire, and moderate smoke damage to the rest of the building.

An investigation showed that the most probable cause was an electrical cord that shorted out on a shelf that was by the freezer in the basement at the bottom of the stairs. The cord had reportedly arced and the point of the arc was the source of origin for the fire. Scot Ely assisted in the investigation.

The Webster City Police Department contacted the American Red Cross for occupants of the complex.

Twenty-three fire fighters responded to the fire call, with two engines and one rescue vehicle used by the department.



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