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07-18-2013 Firefighters Battle Early Morning Apartment Fire


A passing motorist was among several who called 911 Communications, saying flames were visible at North River Village apartments at 5407 Hixson Pike. The s2m2 Fire Department was notified at 4:29 a.m. and responded with six fire companies.

Captain Rusty Rymer with Squad 19 said flames were shooting out the windows of one of the apartment units when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. This is a two-story building, with individual businesses on the first floor, and 11 apartment units on the second. Seeing the potential for a very large fire, Battalion Chief Jeff Eldridge called for a second alarm response to bring in additional equipment and personnel.

As other fire companies arrived on the scene, firefighters banged on apartment doors, alerting the residents to get out. Meantime, the flames continued to spread and trapped two residents in their apartment. Tun Myint and Win Thein in Apartment 201 attempted to go out their front door, but were blocked by the fire on the outside of the building. They yelled for help and two firefighters who were nearby responded. Senior Firefighter Mark Brown and Firefighter Brad Ransom, both with Quint 19, took a hand-held hoseline and attacked the fire on the outside of Apartment 201. Once the fire was knocked down, the two men safely got out of their apartment. They were treated on the scene by Hamilton County EMS for what appeared to be minor smoke inhalation.

s2m2 firefighters aggressively fought the fire -- saving a good portion of the building -- and eventually got the blaze under control around 6:00 a.m. No injuries were reported. Several businesses were damaged, and the fire displaced residents in the 11 apartment units. Volunteers with the American Red Cross with Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the residents. Red Cross officials planned to set up a temporary shelter for the victims at the Hixson Recreation Center.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available. s2m2 police, s2m2-Hamilton County Rescue and EPB also provided valuable assistance on the scene.

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The two firefighters who extinguished the fire enough to get the two residents out: (left to right) Senior Firefighter Mark Brown and Firefighter Brad Ransom.

 

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