For Immediate Release
Contact: Division Chief Dale Lyman
Subject: Greeley Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Apartment Fire
At 12:35 a.m. on January 24, 2014, firefighters from the Greeley Fire Department were called to 2020 28th Avenue in Greeley on a report of a fire in an apartment building. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire blowing out of a garden level apartment of a three-story 12-plex apartment building.
Fire crews quickly initiated an aggressive attack on the fire. Simultaneously, fire crews began evacuating residents of other apartments in the building, waking them and having them quickly leave. Because of the amount of fire, size of the building, and number of residents requiring evacuation, incident command requested a second alarm to bring more personnel and resources to the scene. Crews with hose lines were able to able to quickly extinguish the fire, which was confined to the apartment of origin, however, multiple units within the building sustained heavy smoke damage.
All residents were able to escape safely and were evaluated by Banner Paramedic Services. Fire crews working at the scene were challenged by extreme weather conditions with the temperature at the time of the incident noted at 0 degrees F creating dangerous health exposure and icy conditions. Fire investigators have determined that the fire was accidental in origin. No injuries were reported and overall damage is estimated at $100,000.