Four families displaced by Millcreek condo fire

Published: Monday, July 1 2013 10:30 p.m. MDT

MILLCREEK — Four families were displaced after a fire that caused at least $100,000 in damage Monday.

Unified firefighters responded to a report of a fire Monday evening in a four-plex at Wood Point Condominiums, 229 E. Hill Ave. They called in a second alarm when they saw heavy fire and smoke from the attic.

All residents from the four-plex were evacuated upon the arrival of the first unit, and the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes, according to Unified Fire Battalion Chief Lee Ascarte.

"We were fortunate to get a quick knockdown on this fire," Ascarte said.

Two units sustained fire damage amounting to at least $100,000 in damage, he said, but all four families were displaced by the fire.

Red Cross volunteers were working Monday night to see how they could meet the needs of the 15 displaced residents.

"We are prepared to assist with essentials such as shelter, food and clothing as needed," Red Cross spokeswoman Teresa Zundel said.

Because of hot temperatures, fire crews work minimal cycles of 15 to 20 minutes per crew, Ascarte said. The second crew was called in because of the warm temperatures and the potential danger to people living in a multiple-family dwelling.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.

— Whitney Evans

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