Wednesday, September 15 2021

Escambia Fire REscue responded to an apartment fire early Thursday morning.

The fire in the 700 block of Tumbleweed Trail, off Fowler Avenue, was reported at 2:39 a.m. in a two-story, four-unit apartment building.

The fire started in the second floor apartment and passed through the roof when firefighters arrived. Four flexible hoses were quickly deployed, preventing the fire from spreading to other units.

ECFR’s efforts resulted in the saving of many personal items for the occupants residing in the other three apartments. There was extensive fire damage in the attic, extensive water and fire damage in one apartment, as well as water damage in the apartments on the first floor and some water damage in the neighboring apartment on the second floor. The occupants of the apartment with the fire and the apartment downstairs were not at home during the fire. The fire was said to have been extinguished at 3:50 a.m.

Smoke detectors were present and the occupants of the neighboring apartment on the second floor were awake and smelling smoke. No injuries were reported.

A cat was rescued from the main fire apartment and turned over to the animal control officer since the occupant was not at home.

The Office of Fire and Arson Investigation determined the cause and origin and determined that the fire was caused by the electrical wiring associated with the main power supply to the electric range.

The American Red Cross has provided housing for some of the residents.

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