Shelby Township firefighters extinguish kitchen fire in apartment

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 10, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A kitchen fire broke out inside an apartment at the Spring Hill Apartments, near West Utica and Ryan roads, July 27.

Shelby Township firefighters were able to control the fire not long after it was reported at 9:27 p.m. Dispatchers had received a report of fire and smoke in an apartment on Spring Lane.

The first engine arrived on the scene at 9:32 p.m. According to the department, the resident of the apartment had attempted to use a fire extinguisher to stop the fire, but without success, and then called 911.

The Fire Department does not recommend trying to extinguish a fire yourself, as it could make the fire worse or you could become injured.

“We recommend all people exit any structure and call the Fire Department versus attempting to extinguish a fire themselves,” said John McCoy, the assistant fire chief of the Shelby Township Fire Department.

He said that all residents of the building had to be evacuated at the time of the fire.

“Upon our arrival, fire crews made entry into the apartment and found heavy smoke in the apartment and a fire on the stove and cabinets above the stove. Fire crews extinguished the fire, while another crew began evacuation of all residents in the building.,” said McCoy.

The ambulance crew began checking residents for any injuries, of which there were none, according to the Fire Department. Crews began ventilating the apartment building after the fire was out.

The fire was reported to be under control at 9:40 p.m., and fire crews completed overhaul and turned the scene over to apartment management.