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Attic fire damages complex

Firefighters responded to a 7:50 a.m. call on Monday reporting smoke at a unit in the St. Francois Heights Apartments, located at 1100 N. St. Joe Drive in Park Hills.

“Maintenance personnel received a call between 6 and 6:30 a.m. from the downstairs apartment for a water leak,” said Capt. Brad Weiss of the Park Hills Fire Department. “When he went upstairs to investigate and opened the unoccupied apartment – he found it was full of smoke.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they discovered a smoke-filled apartment, but no active fire.

“We immediately went through the room with a thermal imaging camera and located a fire in the attic,” Weiss said. “We were able to put the fire out within about 15 minutes. It appears to have been an electrical fire.

“The fire marshal said he didn’t want to investigate since it wasn’t suspicious. We removed ceiling in the kitchen and bathroom areas. We extinguished about a 3-foot by 3-foot fire in the attic.”

Weiss reported there were no injuries due to the apartments being evacuated.

“The person who lived in that apartment was not home at the time and I was unable to speak with her,” he said. “The apartment below it suffered minimal fire damage, but the upper apartment had some water damage, however, they were contacting a restoration company to come in and start doing cleanup.”

Assisting Park Hills on the scene were the Leadington, Desloge, Big River and Farmington Fire Departments.

Firefighters also responded to a shed fire in the 300 block of Lancewood Drive at 3 a.m. Monday. Two sheds were completely destroyed while two others were damaged. 

Firefighters respond Monday morning to reports of smoke coming from a unit at the St. Francois Heights Apartments in Park Hills. After searching both the lower and upper units, an attic fire was discovered and quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters respond Monday morning to reports of smoke coming from a unit at the St. Francois Heights Apartments in Park Hills. After searching both the lower and upper units, an attic fire was discovered and quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

Two firefighters head quickly to the site of a Monday morning attic fire at a Park Hills apartment complex.

Two firefighters head quickly to the site of a Monday morning attic fire at a Park Hills apartment complex.

A firefighter flushes out a fire hydrant before attaching a fire hose at the scene of a small attic fire at a Park Hills apartment complex at 7:55 a.m. Monday.

A firefighter flushes out a fire hydrant before attaching a fire hose at the scene of a small attic fire at a Park Hills apartment complex at 7:55 a.m. Monday.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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