Timber Ridge Apartments fire displaces occupant

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – October 31, 2018

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Paola firefighters are asking community members to be vigilant in the kitchen and around grills after responding to another unattended cooking fire last week.

Firefighters were called to Timber Ridge Apartments, a new senior housing complex in Paola, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Hartig said crews were on the scene in six minutes, and they had the fire under control 10 minutes later. The fire was contained to one unit, but fire and water damage left the dwelling uninhabitable, Hartig said.

Residents in neighboring connected units were evacuated, but Hartig said they were able to return to their apartments later that night.

An investigation revealed that the occupant left the apartment while something was cooking on the stove, and when she returned she discovered the fire and called 911, Hartig said.

About 15 firefighters responded to the fire, and Hartig said they took an aggressive interior attack approach to extinguish the flames. The damage estimate is about $100,000 for the structure and contents, he said.

There were no injuries in the fire.

Hartig said it was the second unattended cooking fire in the past month handled by the Paola Fire Department. The previous fire was Oct. 9 at a home in the Indian Hills subdivision, and it originated with a grill on a backyard deck.

Hartig said unattended cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires in the United States, and he encouraged local residents to be extra careful, especially since October is National Fire Prevention Month.

The upcoming time change is also the perfect time to check the batteries in smoke detectors, Hartig said.


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