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Condo Fires & Fire Safety

/ Owner - August 25, 2012
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

  • Condo fire in Madison contained to two of six units (TN) July 15, 2024
    A two-alarm fire at condominiums in Madison is kept from spreading by firefighters.  Crews responded to 225 Ellington Place Sunday just before 3 p.m. for a fire. They contained the fire to two of the six units, but power had to be cut to the entire building, said the Nashville Fire Department.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Red Bank (NJ): Family Displaced by Condo Fire July 3, 2024
    A family escaped uninjured but were displaced from their home after a fire broke out in the basement and caused “heavy damage” to their townhome in the Elkridge complex on Ambassador Drive Tuesday night, officials and neighbors said.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire reported at condominium building in Sunny Isles Beach (FL) July 1, 2024
    First responders said heavy smoke and flames were coming from a unit on the 12th floor of the building when crews arrived.  More than 30 units responded to the scene and quickly had the fire under control.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire damages condo in Falmouth (MA) June 29, 2024
    A fire was reported at a condo complex in Falmouth about 8:30 PM Friday. The fire at Megansett Shores on County Road reportedly started on a stove. Firefighters checked for possible fire extension to the attic. One person was evaluated by EMTs. Further details were not immediately available.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo fire in Wilbraham caused by potential lightening strike (MA) June 27, 2024
    Crews responded to a house fire on Cherry Drive in Wilbraham around 9 p.m. Thursday night that was potentially caused by a lightning strike.  When our Western Mass News crews arrived at the scene we could see some damage caused to the last unit of a 4-unit condo.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Frustration building faster than San Jose townhomes, no closer to being livable 1 year after fire (CA) June 25, 2024
    Residents of townhomes in San Jose are unable to move back home.  Sunday marked one year since a fire heavily damaged five units at a townhome complex off Alexian Drive and Luz Avenue.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Waukesha condo complex fire; lightning strike suspected as cause (Wi) June 25, 2024
    Initial callers reported that they believed the 8-unit condominium building had been struck by lightning.  When crews arrived at the scene, they found smoke coming from the attic of the building. The occupants were actively exiting with the assistance of the Waukesha Police Department.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Calgary condo complex fire displaces dozens of people (AB) June 24, 2024
    Dozens of Calgarians and their pets do not yet know when or if they will be able to return to their homes after a fire broke out at a condo complex in the city’s southeast on Sunday night.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo fire in south Charlotte set intentionally, firefighters say (NC) June 22, 2024
    Firefighters said they rescued a woman from the second floor of the apartment building.  The woman was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, Charlotte Fire said. She may not survive, officials said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Investigators: 2 dead after domestic situation, condo fire in West Knoxville (TN) June 12, 2024
    Two people were found dead in a West Knoxville residence overnight Monday after what investigators believe to be a murder-suicide domestic situation. The Knoxville Police Department and Knoxville Fire Department responded to the scene.   Read the article…………………………….

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Fire Prevention & Safety

  • How to protect your home from wildfires – here’s what fire prevention experts say is most important July 16, 2024
    Extreme heat has already made 2024 a busy wildfire year. More acres had burned by mid-July than in all of 2023, and several communities had lost homes to wildfires.  As fire season intensifies across the West, there are steps homeowners can take to make their homes less vulnerable to burning and increase the likelihood that firefighters can protect their property in the event of a wildfire.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Liability, Responsibility…and Lint: Who’s in Charge of Your Laundry Room? July 11, 2024
    On the long list of building-related issues that multifamily boards and residents have to be concerned about, dryer lint is not likely uppermost. A leaky roof? Definitely. A boiler on the fritz in mid-January? Absolutely. But dryer lint, not so much – and that’s actually a problem, because when allowed to accumulate in heavily-used machines, it can cause fires, and the resulting liability creates a potentially dangerous situation.    Read the article…………………………….
  • It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance June 29, 2024
    Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?  Meanwhile, in California, some fire insurers have lost so much money they’ve pulled out of the state. Overall, fire insurance is becoming as expensive and unpredictable as the natural disasters — not just wildfires but also hail and windstorms — that are driving up rate increases. In some places, increases are as much ...
  • Nuns Fire inspires student’s award-winning fire-safe landscape design (CA) June 21, 2024
    In 2017, Grace Diebel’s parents nearly lost their Glen Ellen home in the Nuns Fire, which tore through the upper Sonoma Valley on the same night as the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, destroying 1,355 structures in the valley and killing three people.  While it can’t be known for certain, the lack of big trees within 30 feet of the house and a well-irrigated yard may have helped their home escape destruction when all the other homes around it burned.  ...
  • It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance (CO) June 11, 2024
    Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?    In Colorado, Tiffany Lockwood said she was dropped twice by fire insurance carriers over the 10 years she’s lived in Evergreen, a heavily forested exurb of Denver.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Q&A: Regulating Risk May 30, 2024
    Q. During the warmer months, owners in our condominium building have noticed a few e-bikes/scooters with lithium batteries around our community. At night these e- bikes/scooters seem to be housed in owners’ or renters’ dwellings. Based on some news stories we’ve seen (although I’m sure they are pretty isolated incidents), we have concerns that these vehicles could explode and cause a fire.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Greater Cincinnati condo owners battle being forced to leave amid proposed safety upgrades (OH) May 29, 2024
    A group of condo owners in a College Hill building are trying to prevent themselves from being forced out of their units for half a year or longer.  It’s related to two fires that happened at the building over the past few years and the repairs and safety fix the condominium association said is needed.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ban on gas grills rolling through Colorado mountain HOAs: “These changes affect all of us” May 28, 2024
    More and more homeowners associations in Colorado’s mountain communities are rewriting their policies to ban the use of gas grills by residents as insurance companies increasingly say they won’t insure HOAs that allow residents to use gas grills on their decks or balconies.  “It is going to impact tens of thousands of people who live in condo associations,” said David Firmin, an attorney whose law firm represents some 2,500 HOAs, primarily in the mountains.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Hawai?i Residents Fighting Wildfires Before They Happen May 9, 2024
    Seven years ago, Erin Peyton made her home on this small island known for its Hawaiian culture, its broad sandy beaches, and high cliffs.  Despite Moloka?i’s natural beauty and rural charm, Peyton understood that the dry grasses and wild foliage surrounding her townhome complex could also fuel destructive wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners fund their own fire prevention efforts using an aggressive team of goats in a volatile canyon (CA) May 6, 2024
    Homeowners in the Eucalyptus Hill Improvement Association (EHIA) have brought in a herd of goats to begin reducing the fire dangers in a canyon that could be explosive in a wildland fire.  The EHIA said its 700 members want to get ahead of the wildfire dangers this year as they have before, in this very rugged area. If humans were in there, they would have to contend with poison oak and steep hills to remove the weeds and brush.    Read ...

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Here are some additional resources regarding fire safety:

Hidden Home Fire Hazards and How to Eliminate Them https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/hidden-home-fire-hazards-and-how-to-eliminate-them

Fire Safety for People with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Prevention and Evacuation https://www.redfin.com/blog/fire-safety-for-people-with-disabilities

Q/A: Teaching a 3-year-old About Fire Safety https://www.care.com/c/questions/6704/what-should-i-teach-a-3-year-old-about-fire-s/

Disaster Safety and Prevention: Protecting Your Home and Family https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/disaster-safety-and-prevention/

How to Protect Yourself and Your Home Against Wildfires https://www.thezebra.com/insurance-news/5064/protect-home-wildfires/

Do Your Home Materials Pose a Fire Risk? https://www.angieslist.com/articles/do-your-home-materials-pose-fire-risk.htm

Homeowner Fire Safety Products Near You https://www.homedepot.com/b/Electrical-Fire-Safety/N-5yc1vZbmgb

Home Fire Safety for Kids and Home Owners http://modularhomeowners.com/home-fire-safety-for-kids-and-home-owners/




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