Fire in apartment south of campus

Fire in apartment south of campus

Fire in apartment south of campus
February 08
20:42 2015

Staff reports

Update 6:18 a.m.

Firefighters were called back to an apartment Monday night to extinguish a structure fire. Crews quickly ousted the fire at 912 McCormick St., where the department fought a blaze the night before in one of the six apartment units.

Emergency crews were dispatched at about 10:45 p.m., arriving on scene to fire coming from the attic.

No injuries were reported, nor were any in Sunday night’s one-alarm fire.

The department is investigating the cause of both fires. Official details are not yet available, although firefighters on scene did say Sunday night’s fire was likely due to discarded smoking material.

The electrical infrastructure of the apartment was compromised in Sunday’s fire, forcing tenants in six units to be displaced.

“They have one [electric] meter for all six of these units so the owner is going to have to figure out how to assist the other tenants,” firefighter Brian Cox said.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Earlier update:

Hannah Ridings / Staff Photographer

According to the Denton Fire Department, the cause of the fire was most likely due to discarded smoking material. However, an official determination hasn’t been made.

Power in the apartments had to be cut due to the fire affecting the electrical wiring.

“They have one [electric] meter for all six of these units so the owner is going to have to figure out how to assist the other tenants,” firefighter Brian Cox said.

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Firefighters wait for the fire marshal to determine the cause.

Most of the damage was caused outside the apartment, while parts of the roof on the inside were burned.

“We are still having to take the ceiling out to just keep it from spreading anymore,” deputy fire marshal Chad Weldon said.IMG954097 copy

Onlookers stare as emergency crews assess the damage of an apartment fire on McCormick Street.

Another resident of the complex, Kimberly Rae-Flynn, slept while the fire raged a floor above her.

“It is scary, I didn’t even know they were knocking on my door,” Rae-Flynn said. “Everything was so thick up there, I couldn’t breathe.”

Original Post

Apartment unit F at 912 McCormick St. caught fire shortly after 7 p.m.

The one bedroom apartment is on the second floor of the complex and attached to six other units.

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The apartment complex is located south of Eagle Drive across from Kerr Hall.

Denton firefighters said no one was injured but no one is allowed to re-entry into the building.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined. We will continue to update as details are released.

Zach Jones, resident of the damaged apartment, declined to comment.

Featured Image: Firefighters clear the scorched apartment after a fire broke out around 7 p.m. Photos by Hannah Ridings – Staff Photographer

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