Fire rips through apartment building Tuesday night
No injuries reported
A large fire ripped through an apartment building at 2809 10th Ave. N. on Tuesday evening.
The fire, reported at 7:37 p.m., severely damaged the building, displacing several residents. The fire was contained to the northeast building of the four-building LaVista Apartments complex.
There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters, according to Fort Dodge Fire Department Chief Steve Hergenreter.
“The fire crews did a great job from stopping that fire,” the chief said. “It could have been a total loss, but the crews were very aggressive and did a very good job getting the fire stopped.”
Hergenreter said the fire was started in a second floor apartment by a child playing with a lighter.
“It spread out onto the balcony and from the balcony up into the third floor apartment above it,” Hergenreter said.
The second floor and third floor apartments have heavy fire damage and there is smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the building.
The Fort Dodge Fire Department had four trucks on scene, including its ladder truck, and two ambulances for support. The FDFD had to recall 12 off-duty firefighters to assist the nine firefighters who were on duty, Hergenreter said.
Hergenreter was not sure about the total number of occupants in the building, but said that it was a fully-occupied building with 12 units. The Webster County Assessor lists the owner of the property as Becker Florists, Inc.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross were on site to help the displaced residents find a place to stay and get through the next few days.
Firefighters were at the scene until 10:15 p.m.