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

  • High Rise Fire at Boca condo complex (FL) February 21, 2017 Residents were evacuated after a fire at a Boca condo complex Tuesday night. Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at Hythe B in Century Village West.  First arriving crews reported smoke showing from a four story building.  Firefighters started evacuation of the building with assistance from PBSO while additional crews located the fire in a storage room on the third floor of the building and started a fire attack.     Read the article………….
  • Massive fire breaks out at troubled Tymber Skan condo complex (FL) February 21, 2017 A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at the troubled Tymber Skan condominium complex in Orange County, fire officials said.  The blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. and had been knocked down by 8:30 a.m., Orange County Fire Rescue said.    Read the article……….
  • 1 dead, 11 displaced in East Side condo fire, officials say (WI) February 19, 2017 One person died early Sunday from a fire in a unit of an East Side condo building, the Madison Fire Department said, while 11 other building residents were displaced.  Firefighters were sent to a building in Sherman Terrace neighborhood at 4:44 a.m. After arriving seven minutes later, no alarms were sounding and no residents were evacuating, the fire department said. No flames could be seen from the outside, but a blaze was discovered in one of the units, the fire ...
  • Early morning condominium fire under investigation (WA) February 18, 2017 Fire crews were busy putting out a fire at a condominium complex in Walla Walla. It happened on the 2200 Blk. of Plaza Way around 2:30 on Friday morning. Walla Walla Firefighters tell NBC Right Now when they got on scene they found a fire burning in the attic of one of the units. Two of the condos were heavily damaged. Six of the eight were occupied but firefighters say everyone got out safely.
  • Fire chief: Sprinklers extinguished fire in Park Ridge condo trash chute (IL) February 17, 2017 Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen credits sprinklers with putting out a fire and minimizing damage inside an Uptown condominium building.  The fire occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 in a trash chute located inside the Residences of Uptown at 50 N. Northwest Highway, Sorensen said.  “Multiple sprinkler heads that activated not only extinguished the fire in the chute, but upon arrival we had the dumpster at the base of the trash chute overflowing with water,” he said.   Read ...
  • One dead in Greenfield condo fire Near 84th Street and Howard Avenue (WI) February 16, 2017 Fire officials are investigating an apartment fire in Greenfield that claimed the life of one resident Wednesday afternoon.  “During the course of the extinguishment a victim was discovered and pulled out of the structure. Unfortunately the victim did not survive,” said Lt. David Stabbe with Greenfield Fire Department.  Jane Bohn was driving by the complex at 84th Street and Howard when she noticed smoke coming from the top floor. She kept driving to a Milwaukee fire station about a half ...
  • Fire damages west end condo complex (AB) February 16, 2017 Residents of a west end condo complex were sent scrambling Thursday morning due to fire.  Fire officials were called to the 4-storey complex, located at 172 Street and 76 Avenue, around 8:00 a.m. Flames could be seen coming out of a second floor suite.  Before fire crews were able to set up ladders to rescue those stranded on balconies, an eyewitness tells CTV News that they saw one person jump from a third-floor balcony to the ground.   Read the article………….
  • More than 50 displaced in Dallas condo fire (TX) February 16, 2017 Several residents are displaced after a fire damaged two condominiums in Northeast Dallas.  Fire crews were called to the Richland Trace Condominiums, on Walnut Street near Audelia Road, late Wednesday night when they saw a “generous amount of flames” coming from a second-floor balcony, Jason Evans with Dallas Fire-Rescue said.    Read the article………….
  • Charging cell phone starts fire in West Hartford condo; 9-year-old credited with saving grandmother (CT) February 14, 2017 A charging cell phone is being blamed for a fire that tore through a West Hartford condo Tuesday morning.  Three people, including two firefighters, were sent to the hospital after a bedroom fire at 8 Rosemary Court in West Hartford.  Fire officials said the fire broke out just before 1:30 Tuesday morning and said it started in a second-floor bedroom, which became fully engulfed but they said the fire was confined to that bedroom and a hallway. The fire was ...
  • Two condos damaged in Virginia Beach fire (VA) February 9, 2017 A fire caused significant damage to a condominium Thursday in Virginia Beach.  Fire units were called to the 2400 block of Marsh Creek around 11 a.m. after receiving reports of an active fire. Crews arrived and had the flames extinguished in about 10 minutes.  According to the Virginia Beach Fire Department, one person was home in each unit at the time of the fire, which caused heavy damage around a chimney and attic of one of the units. No one ...
  • Condominium fire draws firefighters to Saddleback (ME) February 7, 2017 A fire at Rock Pond Condominiums near Saddleback Mountain drew most of the county’s departments northward Tuesday evening, with two units reported destroyed and another damaged.   Farmington Fire Deputy Chief Tim Hardy, reached by phone as departments began clearing the scene, said that initially-responding crews appeared to limit significant damage to three units in total: two destroyed and another damaged.    Read the article…………..
  • Woman helps blind neighbor escape raging condo fire in southwest Houston (TX) January 31, 2017 A woman said she helped her blind neighbor Tuesday morning escape a fire that destroyed several condominiums in a southwest Houston neighborhood.  The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. at the Hamlet of Cherbourg Condominiums at Jeanetta and Lipan roads.   “It was already coming through the roof by the time that we established a water supply and attacked,” Houston Deputy Fire Chief Deena Elliot said.  Firefighters said the fire appeared to have started in the attic of a vacant ...
  • Nine people displaced, 4 units damaged in North Las Vegas condo complex fire (NV) January 29, 2017 Nine people were displaced and four units were damaged this morning in a fire at a condo complex near Civic Center Drive and Cheyenne Avenue.  Crews from North Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and Clark County fought the 10:15 a.m. blaze. The fire prompted a second alarm, but that was quickly canceled.    Read the article……….
  • Rescuers Find Mother, 2 Kids Unconscious During Condo Fire (CO) January 27, 2017 Two children, their mother and a sheriff’s deputy are in the hospital after a Friday morning fire at a condo building in Arapahoe County.   Read the article………..
  • Alert Neighbor Saved Lives In Danbury Condo Blaze (CT) January 25, 2017 The Danbury Fire Department credited an alert neighbor with saving the lives of others by calling 911 Monday night about a fire at the Birchwood Condominiums.    Read the article………..
  • Man Whose Daughter Died Sues Landlord and Homeowner’s Association (CA) January 25, 2017 A man whose daughter and grandchild died in a 2015 blaze at an Inglewood condominium complex is suing the landlord and the homeowners association, alleging unsafe conditions led to the fire and trapped the woman inside her unit.   Deontae Green, who lives in Riverside County, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Kenneth Jordan, the owner of the unit the plaintiff’s daughter leased, and the Westward Townhomes Owners Association.     Read the article………….
  • Centerport Condo Complex Collapses From Relentless Blaze (NY) January 25, 2017 The nor’easter’s strong winds forced firefighters to spend several hours battling a relentless blaze at a Centerport condo complex Tuesday morning.  According to fire officials, about 100 Centerport firefighters responded to a fire in the Bull Calf Landing Townhouse Complex, located on Bull Calf Lane, at 1 a.m. to discover the blaze, courtesy of the wind, had spread to several townhouse units, which severely hampered firefighters efforts.     Read the article………..
  • Nor’easter Winds, Gas Fuel Condo Fire on Long Island (NY) January 24, 2017 Flames tore through a condominium complex on Long Island Tuesday morning, collapsing a building and forcing residents out onto the street as nor’easter winds fueled the blaze.  No one was reported injured in the overnight inferno, which started around 1 a.m. on Bull Calf Lane in Centerport, but some residents who fled said they lost everything.   Read the article………….
  • Japan: 11 hospitalized after predawn fire erupts in Tokyo condo high-rise January 23, 2017 A fire broke out in a 26-story condominium high-rise in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward early Tuesday morning and 11 people were sent to the hospital, including a woman who is unconscious and in critical condition.  According to the Tokyo Fire Department, which received a call around 4:25 a.m., the fire started in a second-floor unit and burned about 40 sq. meters of the room.    Read the article………..
  • Demolition begins at New Haven Harbour Landing condo complex units damaged by fire (CT) January 23, 2017 Crews Monday started tearing through several units at the Harbour Landing condo complex building that were heavily damaged in a fire last month  City Building Inspector James Turcio said the demolition of a section of the Harbour Landing complex started early Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Turcio said crews hired by the building’s insurance company are working up to a “firewall” that divides each complex building. Turcio had said last month that a section would require demolition.    Read ...

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