Condo Fires & Fire Safety

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We’ve been posting stories about fires in condominiums for a number of years now.  The main reason why we pay so much attention to condo fires, as opposed to home fires in HOA’s, is that a fire that starts in a condo unit, usually takes out many more units before it’s put out.  As a result, CAN is very in favor of association’s being pro-active in fire prevention.

Condominium Fires

  • Welding work caused 3-story condo fire in downtown Austin (TX) October 11, 2017 After fighting a 3-story condo fire in the 600 block of West Lynn Street in downtown Austin Tuesday for approximately an hour, Austin firefighters have it under control.  The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at the corner of West Lynn Street and West Sixth Street just before 11 a.m. The fire department upgraded to a two-alarm shortly after arriving to the fire. Then, around 11:25 a.m., the fire was upgraded to a third alarm but then was canceled ...
  • Fire at Belcamp condominium complex displaces 15 (MD) October 3, 2017 Fifteen people were displaced after a fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Belcamp condominium complex early Sunday morning, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  No injuries or fatalities were reported, but the three story, 12-unit building suffered heavy damage, including the collapse of sections of the third story, according to a notice of investigation issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office Monday morning.     Read the article…………
  • Fire Marshal: Riverside Condo Building Condemned After Blaze (MD) October 2, 2017 Authorities say that 15 residents were displaced after a condo fire in Riverside early Sunday morning. The blaze caused $1 million in damage, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  At 2:18 a.m., crews responded to a building fire in the 1400 block of Golden Road Court, the fire marshal said.     Read the article…………..
  • Enormous fire tears through condo complex in Lakewood (NJ) September 29, 2017 Firefighters battled a raging blaze Friday afternoon that engulfed a building of a large Lakewood condo complex.  The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. at Covington Village, a community for people over 55 years old, on Sophee Lane. An army of firefighters doused the building with powerful jets of water as a crowd of distraught onlookers gazed at the scene.    Read the article……………………
  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at Harrison Twp. condo complex (MI) September 24, 2017 Fire crews worked in searing heat Saturday afternoon to extinguish an accidental fire that caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to a Harrison Township condominium complex.  Firefighters were called out about 3:30 p.m. to Island View Estates on Jefferson Avenue next to the Harrison Township Waterfront Park after residents reported smelling smoke from two units.  Battalion Chief Andrew Houde said a resident was entertaining family members when smoke was detected coming from the attic of a second-floor unit. Residents of ...
  • Two dead, one injured in condo fire on Milwaukee’s far north side (WI) September 24, 2017 Two people are dead and a third person is hurt after a fire on Milwaukee’s far north side.  The call came in before 5 a.m. on Sunday, September 24th. Crews arrived to the condo at Swan Road and Allyn Street engulfed in flames. They needed to use water cannons to get the smoke and fire under control before attempting rescues.    Read the article…….
  • Summerlin condominiums erupt in flames, require 2-alarm response (NV) September 23, 2017 Las Vegas Fire and Rescue firefighters doused flames that were spreading quickly at a Summerlin condominium complex Saturday morning.  Multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting flames and heavy smoke coming out of a Marquesa Condos unit on 7300 Pirates Cove Road, near Buffalo and Summerlin Parkway, were placed at 11:56 a.m., according to Public Information Officer Tim Szymanski.  On arrival, firefighters located a downstairs unit with flames escaping from the window and affecting the unit above, a release said.    Read the ...
  • Fire Destroys Condo Building At Lake Of The Ozarks (MO) September 20, 2017 A charred frame is all that’s left of a Lake of the Ozarks condo/resort, after it was devastated by fire on Wednesday morning.  Black plumes of smoke could be seen rising near the Grand Glaize Bridge, as fire raged at a small condo/resort building, known as Lake Chalet, on the south side of Osage Beach Parkway, west of the bridge.    Read the article……………
  • Lightning strikes, damages condo in Depoe Bay (OR) September 20, 2017 Lightning struck and destroyed a condo in Depoe Bay Tuesday morning.  The manager at Searidge Condominiums says he’s never seen lightning like they had last night. He says this is the first time he’s heard of one strike causing so much damage.    Read the article……………
  • Central Islip condo residents asked to foot bill after massive fire (NY) September 17, 2017 Residents in a Central Islip condo community are upset they have to foot the bill to replace some homes that burned down, even though the fire was not their fault.  A massive fire destroyed several units at Windbrooke Homes five years ago. They have since been reconstructed, and the management company is making residents pay for the cost of reconstruction.  Residents say they received a memo from Fairfield Properties stating the fire was caused by an employee of National Grid. ...
  • Central Islip condo residents asked to foot bill after massive fire (NY) September 15, 2017 Residents in a Central Islip condo community are upset they have to foot the bill to replace some homes that burned down, even though the fire was not their fault.  A massive fire destroyed several units at Windbrooke Homes five years ago. They have since been reconstructed, and the management company is making residents pay for the cost of reconstruction.  Residents say they received a memo from Fairfield Properties stating the fire was caused by an employee of National Grid. ...
  • Weymouth: Early Morning Fire Damages Condo Building (MA) September 14, 2017 The fire was reported at around 3 a.m. at 71 Trotter Rd. at a complex known as Woodstone Crossing.  WATD’s Ed Perry says the fire is now out and that the roof of the building was completely destroyed.  Mutual aid was provided by several area towns.    Read the article……………
  • Fire forces Atlantic City condo residents to evacuate (NJ) September 13, 2017 A fire at the Ritz Condominiums on Wednesday prompted an evacuation of the building.  The fire broke out about 10 a.m. on the Belmont Avenue side of the 18-story building, according to two contractors working at the site.  Residents reported seeing and smelling smoke and knowing the fire alarm — which they said goes off sometimes when there isn’t a fire — was signaling a real fire.    Read the article……………..
  • Philippines: 3 perish as fire strikes Tondo neighborhood, Binondo condo September 7, 2017 Three individuals, including a three-year-old child perished when fire struck a residential area in Tondo, Manila Wednesday afternoon, and a residential building in Binondo yesterday morning.  Manila Fire Marshall Supt. Antonio Razal Jr., identified the Tondo fire casualties as Venus Liqid, around 30 to 35 years old, and three-year-old Althea Michelline Mae Diestro.  A woman also perished in the Binondo fire, which broke out at the Binondo Terrace residential building along Alvarado Street in Barangay 292, Zone 28.  Initial investigation ...
  • One person killed, another injured in St. Petersburg condo fire (FL) September 7, 2017 One man was killed early Thursday morning and his roommate suffered severe burns in a fire at a Coquina Key condo.  Firefighters responded to a report of a fire near Coquina Key Drive SE around 4:50 a.m.  Reports of heavy smoke came from inside the Waterside at Coquina Key gated community and nearby residents were evacuated as smoke filled the building, according to broadcast reports.    Read the article……………
  • Fire Damages West Hartford Condos; Residents Rescued (CT) September 1, 2017 Maddan was one of several residents rescued from the fire in the 13-unit brick building late Friday morning. No one was injured, but the basement condominium where the fire is believed to have started was destroyed, and at least two residents were displaced, fire officials said.     Read the article……………
  • Fire damages Park Road condos (BC) August 31, 2017 No one was seriously injured, but the damage is extensive after fire swept through one of the buildings at the Park Rise condo complex at 689 Park Road in Gibsons.    Read the article…………..
  • Elderly woman dies, husband injured in Lakeside condo fire (CA) August 31, 2017 A woman died Thursday and her husband was injured in a condo fire in East County, according to the Lakeside Fire Department.  The fire broke out in the living room of the home on Wintergreen Dr.  Firefighters said neighbors saw smoke and found the elderly couple inside the home     Read the article………….
  • Balcony fire in condo building displaces some residents (WI) August 27, 2017 Fire broke out on the balcony of a third-floor condominium in HarborPark Saturday afternoon, causing the evacuation of the building and displacing several residents overnight.  The Kenosha Fire Department was alerted to the fire at 420 57th St. at about 5:25 p.m. The fire appeared to have started on the balcony of a third-floor, corner-unit condominium.  The resident of the condo was not home when the fire occurred, and it was unclear what caused the fire. No one was injured ...
  • Four people suffer minor injuries in Olathe condo fire (KS) August 25, 2017 Olathe fire crews are working to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire Thursday night.  Firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Willow Drive Near Santa Fe and I-35 to investigate a fire at a condominium.    Read the article…………..

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