Firefighters extinguish blaze at East Apartments in Ames

Firefighters in Ames responded to and extinguished a blaze at an apartment building on East Lincoln Way just after 10:00 a.m. Thursday.

According to a press release, the Ames Fire Department was summoned to the fire at 10:08 a.m. after a caller reported smoke coming from one of the building’s units. Crews arrived at the scene, East Apartments located at 527 East Lincoln Way, to find smoke coming from inside the building. No inhabitants were inside the unit at the time of the incident.

Responders entered the residence and put out the fire, with people from six other nearby units being evacuated from their apartments during the process.

Damage was reportedly confined to the apartment where the fire originated, along with one other adjacent unit.

Estimated damage caused during the fire is currently unknown. Ames Deputy Fire Chief Tom Hackett told StoryCounty.News that the fire is still under investigation.

The apartment building’s electricity and water were shut off during the response. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the building’s residents until the utilities can be restored, per the release.

Ames officials are asking that all residents check their smoke detectors each month to ensure quick alert in case of a fire.

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