Flames quelled, apartment house saved

WARRENSBURG Due to fast action by local firefighters and a resident, a landmark apartment building was saved from destruction Nov. 12 and its residents were spared any injury. Firefighters of Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. were on the scene at 85 Library Ave. within four minutes of a call reporting smoke conditions in the apartment building at 85 Library Ave. in Warrensburg. The call was placed via 911 at 7:16 p.m by a tenant, and 20 Warrensburg firefighters responded, encountering heavy smoke inside the structure, Warrensburg Fire Chief Justin Hull said. Several of the emergency responders helped county sheriffs officers in evacuating the buildings nine apartments, while other firefighters sought out the fires origin in an upstairs apartment at the rear of the building, Hull said. In the apartments bathroom, the firefighters quenched flames which were beginning to penetrate the walls, Hull said. More than a dozen residents of the building were evacuated, and many were not aware the building was on fire, Hull said. The building is located at the corner of Evergreen Lane and Library Ave. The firefighters determined the fire started in a wastebasket in the bathroom, Hull said, adding that he hadnt determined why the fire occurred, but that Warren County Sheriffs Dept. officers and county fire officials were investigating the cause. During the incident, members of the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Dept. stood by in the Warrensburg firehouse. Observers said the firefighters saved the historic building from destruction, and that water damage was minimal. Hull said he was pleased with the response by the volunteer firefighters. We got lucky, he said. It could have been a lot worse.

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