Prescott, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) – Ninety people were left homeless after a fire broke out in a senior housing community in Prescott Friday night.
Around 6:00 p.m., workers were alerted to a fire and smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor of the Prescott Lakes Senior Living Apartments near Prescott Lakes Parkway and Highway 89. was there. Due to the size and number of buildings, the fire was upgraded to a second alarm. A view of the residents inside.
Prescott police were the first to rush to the scene, evacuating the apartment occupants and those in neighboring units. Firefighters soon arrived and rushed to the apartment where the fire had started. With the help of his system of sprinklers, firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the complex.
Some residents were evacuated. Others, however, were unable to leave their apartments and were told to evacuate in place by firefighters after it was deemed safe. A Prescott police officer was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. One resident lost consciousness after being evacuated and was taken to hospital for further examination. No other injuries were reported.
Prescott Fire said there was extensive flooding damage from sprinklers and firefighters on all three floors, including the electrical room that powers half of the complex. As a result, the fire department, the City of Prescott Building Department, and the utility company decided it was unsafe for residents to return to their apartments, leaving 90 people and several pets evacuated.
The Yavapai County Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross arranged a temporary shelter at the Humboldt Unified School District office in Prescott Valley. About 11 residents have chosen to stay in shelters, but many others are staying with family, friends or hotels. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Prescott Fire said the results would have been different had the sprinkler system not been installed. According to a report by the National Fire Service, buildings with fire sprinkler systems are 95% successful in containing the spread of fire to the rooms that started the fire, while those without 71% chance of fire.
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