Friday, June 1, 2012

No alarms ring at apartment fire

Fire alarms offered free at Hailey Fire Department

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Fire Department responded at 8 p.m. Tuesday to a report of smoke coming from a window of one of the Valley View Apartments at 800 N. Second Ave.

Hailey Fire Chief Mike Chapman said the cause of the blaze was cooking with grease. He said the blaze was mostly "self-extinguished" by the time two engines and two support vehicles arrived.

The unit in Building E at the apartments was evacuated for one hour and its occupants treated for smoke inhalation by a crew with a Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance called to the scene by the Hailey Fire Department.

"It could have been a lot worse," Chapman said. "It is one of the older apartments, without the new fire-resistant sheet rock that is more difficult to burn."

An entire apartment complex at Valley View was destroyed by fire in 2006, leaving 20 people homeless. The cause of the fire was undetermined.


Chapman said there are no emergency fire sprinklers in the Valley View Apartments, and no fire and smoke alarms in common areas.

"There were no smoke alarms ringing when I was there," he said.

Chapman said Hailey residents can pick up fire and smoke alarms free of charge at the Hailey Fire Department.

"If need be, we will install them," he said.

For more information, call the Hailey Fire Department at 788-3147.

Tony Evans:

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