Two fires in Edmond over the weekend resulted in total losses, said Edmond Fire Prevention Chief Mike Fitzgerald. There has been a rash of seven fires in Edmond during the last week-and-a-half, he said.
An apartment fire was reported in the 1200 block of North Chowning at the Kennedy Place Apartment and Duplex Homes near the University of Central Oklahoma at about 5:51 p.m. Sunday.
“There were no injuries. Unfortunately a couple of the residents had to be relocated,” Fitzgerald said.
The fire extended out of the second-floor laundry room and across the outside ceiling, he said. Heat from the fire was hot enough to break windows in two apartments.
“They didn’t have fire damage in there but there was some slight smoke damage in those apartments,” Fitzgerald said.
Residents from three apartments had to be relocated due to smoke or water damage. Firefighters kept the fire from entering the attic by containing it to the laundry room. Five fire trucks responded.
“The guys did a great job. They got the fire out and under control within minutes upon arrival and got a quick knock-down on it,” he said.
Fitzgerald emphasized the importance of having active smoke alarms in buildings, apartments and homes.
“There were people at the location at the time, so I congratulate their reaction as well in notifying others,” Fitzgerald said.
A second fire that destroyed an abandoned 7,000-square-foot commercial building also remains under investigation. This fire was in the 2300 block of East Second Street. Firefighters were alerted to the burning unoccupied structure at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The report on this fire is not completed.
“It took several hours to get it under control,” Fitzgerald said. “They were notified by the fire by a police officer that was on patrol. He noticed the fire and by that time the structure was fully involved.”