Fire displaces residents from Troy apartment

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 18, 2018

 Firefighters were able to stop this kitchen fire in the Three Oaks Apartments Jan. 17 from spreading to the unit above.

Firefighters were able to stop this kitchen fire in the Three Oaks Apartments Jan. 17 from spreading to the unit above.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

Troy firefighters contained a fire in the Three Oaks Apartments, on Three Oaks Boulevard, near Wattles Road and Interstate 75, to the apartment where it started just before 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17. 

Police were first to arrive at the scene, and they discovered a fire in the first-floor kitchen of a large, multitenant apartment building. 

An officer reported that all occupants were out of the building. 

Firefighters advanced a hose line and found heavy smoke inside the apartment, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement. Crews advanced a second hose line, ventilated smoke, then ensured that everyone was out of the building, according to a fire report. 

Riesterer said the firefighters’ quick actions stopped the spread of the fire just as it was penetrating the walls and ceiling, threatening the apartment above. 

The fire damage was contained to the kitchen and dining area of the apartment. 

Paramedics evaluated the lone occupant of the apartment for smoke inhalation. Riesterer said the resident refused transport to a hospital. No further details were available. 

Riesterer said it was evident that the blaze started in the kitchen, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Troy Building Department is evaluating the occupancy of the apartment where the fire started, and the residents are unable to return to the apartment. No other residents were displaced by the fire. 

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054.