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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

  • Cause determined in condo blaze (CT) December 13, 2017 Carelessly discarded smoking materials have been determined to be the cause of the condominium complex fire that displaced residents of 54 units Monday night.  “Our investigation is complete,” Norwalk Fire Marshal Broderick Sawyer said Tuesday morning outside 100 Richards Ave. “Right now, this looks like it was accidental and caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials.”  The fire apparently originated on the back deck of a third-floor unit.    Read the article……………….
  • Norwalk condo building heavily damaged in fire (CT) December 11, 2017 Fire crews are battling a large fire in a condo building in Norwalk Monday.  The blaze was first called in at 4:30 p.m. at 100 Richards Ave. in the Stonewood Condominiums.  There have been no reported injuries, so far. A nearby condo complex is being evacuated. Darien, Stamford and New Canaan fire departments are assisting Norwalk.  Crews are still on scene battling down the blaze.    Read the article………………
  • Second-alarm fire at condo complex in Laguna Niguel; 4 units damaged (CA) December 11, 2017 A second-alarm fire in a Laguna Niguel condominium complex was extinguished by 40 Orange County firefighters Monday but damaged four units and displaced several people.  Read the article…………….
  • Malfunctioning Sprinkler Floods Glen Rock Condos (NJ) December 11, 2017 A fire broke out at a Daryl Court condominium early Sunday, causing it and a adjacent condo to flood, police said.  Police responded to a report of a flood the condo at 2:35 a.m., said Chief Dean Ackermann. The resident reported that water was entering their unit from the unit next door.       Read the article………………
  • Early Morning Condo Fire Displaces 15 Residents, Leaves $250,000 in Damages (CA) December 10, 2017 A fire that erupted in a San Juan Capistrano multi-family condo overnight on Dec. 9 displaced 15 residents—five adults and 10 children—and caused about $250,000 in damages, according to authorities.  Thirty Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to a fire that started around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday on the second floor of a two-story condo in the 26500 block of Calle Santa Barbara.     Read the article…………..
  • Condos Destroyed by Fire near Hot Springs (AR) December 8, 2017 Several condominium units have been destroyed in an early morning fire.  The Lake Hamilton Fire Department says the blaze in the Diamondhead community broke out around 2 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of Waterfront Drive.  The Diamondhead police chief says nine condo units were destroyed or damaged. A condo owner told us about four residents lived there on waterfront property permanently.   Read the article…………….
  • 4 hospitalized after Sunny Isles Beach condo catches fire (FL) Update December 7, 2017 A condominium in Sunny Isles Beach was evacuated after a fire broke out, Thursday evening.  Cameras captured flames coming out of at least one unit at the building located in the area of Northeast 174th Street and west of N. Bay Road.  The three-alarm apartment fire appears to have sparked roughly halfway up the 25-story structure.    Read the article…………….
  • HFD extinguished fire on 38 floor of Kakaako highrise (HI) December 3, 2017 Honolulu firefighters were dispatched to a Kakaako highrise Wednesday afternoon.  The two-alarm fire broke out on the 38th floor of the Keauhou Place condos on South Street. Light smoke was seen coming from one of the units around 3:30 in the afternoon.  HFD was able to quickly put out the flames and credits sprinkler systems with helping contain the fire.    Read the article………………
  • Rekindled Flames Burn More Condos at Wintergreen (VA) November 29, 2017 A second day of fire sent Wintergreen crews scrambling, and caused more devastation. A 12-unit condominium complex first caught fire Monday night and the blaze burned six units.  The flames rekindled early Wednesday morning, and now all 12 units are gone.     Read the article………………….
  • 72-year-old man dies in Detroit Lakes condo fire (ND) November 26, 2017 A 72-year-old man died in a fourth-floor condominium fire Saturday afternoon.  The Detroit Lakes Police and Fire departments were dispatched to a fire at the Edgewater Condominiums at 315 Park Lake Boulevard at 2:35 p.m. Saturday.  A fire was found in the living room of the condominium on the northeast side of the building. Emergency personnel evacuated the building and firefighters extinguished the fire.    Read the article………………
  • Early-morning Longview condo fire damages cars, residences (WA) November 25, 2017 An early-morning Friday fire in a Longview condominium building’s parking structure caused over $300,000 in damages to several units and vehicles.  “It’s devastating. It’s absolutely and completely devastating,” said KLOG radio announcer Ray Byers, whose unit suffered significant fire damage.  According to Lt. Jeff Thompson from Longview Fire, firefighters were dispatched at 4:04 a.m. to a condo building in the 700 block of Marine View Drive after flames were reported in the parking structure below the housing units.    Read the ...
  • Fire Crews Beat Destructive Blaze At Aventura Condo Complex (FL) November 25, 2017 Fire rescue and police are finally letting people back onto the property of an Aventura condo complex where a raging fire broke out Friday evening.    Read the article…………….
  • Condo building destroyed in fire injuring 2 overnight in Maryland November 24, 2017 A large apartment fire left a resident and firefighter injured early Friday morning in Annapolis, Maryland.  Both the resident and firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center.   Read the article………………
  • Gwinnett condo fire displaces 30 people just before Thanksgiving (GA) November 22, 2017 A fire has displaced about 30 people and destroyed much of a 10-unit condo building just before Thanksgiving, Gwinnett County officials said.  The blaze at Robinwood Condominiums started about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and took more than 30 minutes for firefighters to get under control, fire spokesman Justin Wilson said.    Read the article………………
  • Fire rips through San Jose condo complex (CA) November 9, 2017 Twelve people are displaced after a 3-alarm fire ripped through a townhouse in San Jose Thursday morning.  Dispatch received a report of a fire burning in the 400 block of Don Seville Ct. at 5:58 a.m., San Jose Fire Department’s spokesperson Daniel Vega said.  When they arrived, fire crews found heavy smoke and fire on two levels of the home and called for a 3rd alarm at 6:13 a.m.    Read the article……………..
  • 2 Children Die from Injuries in Rancho Bernardo Condo Fire: SDPD October 28, 2017 A 37-year-old father and his two children were found unconscious by San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) responders after a fire was reported at their Rancho Bernardo condominium Saturday morning.   At approximately 3:18 a.m., fire and police emergency responders arrived at the condo in the 11000 block of Bernardo Terrace. Fire crews removed the father and children from the premises and they were rushed to local medical facilities in critical condition.     Read the article…………..
  • Elderly woman injured in Willowbrook explosion caused by gasoline leak (IL) October 20, 2017 Investigators said a gasoline leak into the water supply was the cause of a large explosion and fire at a condo building in south suburban Willowbrook.     Read the article……………
  • Firefighter in critical but stable condition after five-alarm condo fire in Etobicoke October 20, 2017 A firefighter was whisked to the hospital in critical condition after crews brought down a five-alarm blaze at a Humber Bay condo unit Thursday night, paramedics said.  Flames started spreading through the three-storey building at 2067 Waterfront Dr., near Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Park Lawn Rd. in Etobicoke, about 6:20 p.m. Although crews brought the fire under control, paramedics at the scene did CPR on the firefighter, a district chief.    Read the article………………
  • 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…………

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