Smoke shows from the roof area above the south end of the multiple-tenant building facing the Somerset Golf Course at the Somerset Park Apartments Dec. 27.

Smoke shows from the roof area above the south end of the multiple-tenant building facing the Somerset Golf Course at the Somerset Park Apartments Dec. 27.

Photo provided by C. Patrick White, of the Troy Fire Department


Fire displaces families from Troy apartments 

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 9, 2018

TROY — A fire inside a wall on the second floor of a unit at the Somerset Park Apartments, on Golfview Drive, near Maple Road and Coolidge Highway, ignited just before 1 p.m. Dec. 27. 

According to a fire report, firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke showing from the roof area above the south end of the multiple-tenant building. 

According to a prepared statement, there was almost no smoke visible inside the building, which overlooks the Somerset Golf Course. This indicated to firefighters that the fire/smoke could be located in the walls and in the attic. 

Apartment staff members were at the scene evacuating the building, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement. 

According to a fire report, crews opened the walls and ceilings to check for fire extension, searched the building to ensure that all residents had been evacuated, then extinguished the blaze and vented smoke from the building. 

Due to the extremely cold weather, residents were moved to an adjacent building, Riesterer said in the statement. In an update, Riesterer told C & G Newspapers that workmen drilling through a wall hit wires, which caused the fire to ignite in the wall cavity. Troy building officials will not allow residents back into the building until they complete damage assessments and repairs are completed.

At press time, damage estimates were incomplete and it was not known if the building had been cleared for occupancy.