Cats rescued in four-condo fire

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 23, 2016

 Firefighters battle this blaze in a six-unit condo complex on Brentwood Drive the morning of May 22.

Firefighters battle this blaze in a six-unit condo complex on Brentwood Drive the morning of May 22.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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Four families have found temporary living accommodations after a fire blazed through an attached condo unit on Brentwood Drive, in the Northfield Park and Long Lake Road area, just after 8 a.m. May 22.

Fire officials believe the blaze started in the kitchen on the first floor of a two-story, six-unit structure. Firefighters attacked the blaze, which had spread to the attic, from the first floor, according to reports.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said that the unit where the fire started was destroyed. The adjoining unit sustained fire damage, and two other units sustained smoke and water damage. Only two units in the complex did not sustain damage, he said.

Firefighters determined that no one was inside the units, but they discovered and rescued two cats inside and returned them safely them to their owners.
Cooking may have been a factor in the fire, but investigators continue to work to identify the specific cause, Riesterer said. Residents have made plans to relocate until the units can be restored. Estimates on damage were not available at press time.

Firefighters were on the scene for about four and a half hours. Police directed traffic and provided perimeter control. Alliance Mobile Health was also on the scene. The American Red Cross was on hand to help residents relocate to other accommodations.

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