Crews extinguish early morning fire at apartment in Clay Township

Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 6:55 AM EST
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Emergency crews were called to put out a fire early Wednesday morning at an apartment in Clay Township.

According to dispatch, it happened around 5:20 a.m. at the Emerald Pointe apartment complex.

In a news release sent out Wednesday morning, Clay Fire Territory says crews arrived quickly to find a mattress that had caught fire in a first-floor apartment. Officials say a fire extinguisher was used by a resident to keep the fire to a minimum.

The three people who were inside the apartment at the time of the fire got out without suffering any injuries and were able to return inside after it was put out.

Officials say there were working smoke alarms in the apartment that alerted the sleeping residents to get out.

“This is a great example of why the fire service always reminds the community to check their smoke alarms,” says Fire Marshal Ron Melser. “The outcome could have been a lot different if the smoke alarms were not in working order. Take a moment today to check your smoke alarm to make sure the batteries are working, and if you need a smoke alarm, please contact your local fire department.”

Officials say no other apartments were affected by this fire. Clay Fire Territory’s Community Risk Reduction Division is still investigating the cause.


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