Just before 3:30 AM, Monday, January 4, 2010, Firefighters from Kentland and surrounding communities battled an apartment fire and rescued several residents. Fire/EMS units responded to a fire in a terrace level apartment at 3401 Dodge Park Road, a 3-story garden style apartment building. First arriving units encountered fire showing from a terrace level apartment with heavy smoke and high heat blocking the egress of residents on the upper floors. Some of these residents sought refuge on their balconies where six were safely removed by firefighters using ground ladders. Other resident’s sheltered-in-place until it was safe to exit by way of the buildings interior stairwell.
It took 40 firefighters about 30 minutes to knock the fire down. Forty residents were evacuated from the building but only two apartments will be declared uninhabitable. A total of 2 residents will be displaced and are being assisted by apartment complex management with other apartments. A 50ish year old female from the apartment of origin was transported to a burn unit for smoke and burn injuries, she is in fair condition.
Fire loss is estimated at $25,000 and the cause is accidental and attributed to smoking materials.