Firefighters advance a hose line through the front door of this apartment building on Coolidge Highway just before noon July 10.

Firefighters advance a hose line through the front door of this apartment building on Coolidge Highway just before noon July 10.

Photos provided by the Troy Fire Department


Fire displaces Troy apartment residents

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 11, 2019

 The cause of this fire, which fire officials believe started in the kitchen, remains under investigation.

The cause of this fire, which fire officials believe started in the kitchen, remains under investigation.

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A kitchen fire in one unit left residents in four apartments homeless at a complex on Coolidge Highway, north of Maple Road. 

According to a release, firefighters were called to the apartment complex on a report that smoke was coming from inside an apartment unit in the two-story, 20-unit building just before noon July 10. 

All residents had evacuated before firefighters arrived, according to the release. Crews started a hose line through the front door and entered the first-floor apartment. 

Firefighters forced entry into the burning apartment and discovered there had been  a fire in the kitchen that had nearly extinguished. Smoke remained, and the apartment was still hot, the release states. 

Firefighters extinguished the small remaining fire and cooled the area with water. Crews opened the walls and ceiling to check for fire extension and found a small fire in the ceiling space, according to the release. 

Crews searched the apartment building to confirm that no one was inside, and they confirmed that the blaze had not spread and ventilated smoke from the building. 

Due to the high heat and humidity, paramedics from Alliance Mobile Health monitored the firefighters’ vital signs and provided water, the release states. Firefighters also rotated through rehabilitation measures with Alliance Mobile Health. 

According to the release, there were smoke alarms inside the apartment, but it is not known if they were activated. No one was in the apartment at the time of the fire. 

Fire officials believe the blaze started in the kitchen, but they continue to investigate the cause, according to the release. 

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer explained that the Troy Building Department inspected the four-unit building where the fire occurred and is denying those residents re-entry to those four units until repairs are complete and it is deemed safe. 

The apartment complex consists of five buildings, which are connected. The residents in the other four buildings were allowed to return to their homes, Riesterer said. 

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

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