A fire that broke out on Monday morning in a 16-unit apartment building in Dayton damaged most of the apartments and made the tenants search for alternative accommodation.
No Injuries Were Reported
The fire crews arrived at Woodman Park Apartments around 9:40 a.m. and saw blazes and heavy smoke coming from one of the buildings in the complex. The first responders immediately began a search & rescue operation. Luckily, no rescue was needed, as all tenants were able to get out safely.
Dayton Fire District Chief David Wright stated that one person suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported by residents or firefighters.
They were, however, able to rescue a cat. They found it hiding under a bed in a smoke-filled apartment. It was quickly taken outside and given back to its owners after a short oxygen treatment.
The Fire Was Quickly Contained, but It Did Fight Back
Even though the fire was quickly contained, and no injuries were reported, it could have easily gone the other way. Building fires can be very treacherous and full of surprises. According to fire safety statistics.
Wright said that the crews saw a “smoke explosion” when they arrived. It happens when the fire heat traps gas and smoke until they ignite and explode. Since it happens inside walls and closed areas, it is invisible and can surprise tenants and firefighters.
The Cause Is to Be Determined
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and fire inspectors are working on the case. It is very fortunate that the tenants were able to get out. It is still unclear if they were warned by smoke detectors, which are an excellent addition to a home’s safety, or by other tenants.
The apartment complex’s management will assist the tenants who are left without a roof over their heads in finding a place to stay.