Muscatine Fire Department – 11:45
At approximately 10:11 on April 13th, 2018 the Muscatine Joint Communications Center (MUSCOM) received a 911 call of “lots of smoke and flames” at the above residence. This is an apartment building with 10 units. Upon arrival fire crews found a heavy smoke coming from a basement apartment. Crews initiated a fire attack and ‘knocked down’ the main body of fire within a few minutes and had the fire under control by 10:22. The fire had already caused significant damage to apartment 6 and had extended to the apartment above. Once the main body of fire was extinguished crews worked to find any hidden fire and clear the building of smoke. All residents have been accounted for.
The fire department remains on scene and crews continue to work to address smoke and hidden fire concerns. Once the scene is safe enough investigators will begin their work at determining the area of origin and the cause. Loss estimate is approximately $25,000. The American Red Cross was called to assist those displaced and will be providing support. There is smoke damage throughout and structural fire damage in the apartment where the fire began. All residents will be displaced for a period of time.
There were no injuries to responders or bystanders. Two cats were rescued from a smoke filled apartment and provided emergency care on scene. At this time the cats are reported to have recovered from this event. The fire department also responded to three medical calls while working to contain and control this fire.
The Muscatine Fire Department was assisted by the Muscatine Police Department and Muscatine County Emergency Management. Approximately 20 fire fighters responded to the fire, including some off duty personnel.
Mike Hartman, Fire Marshal