Structure Fire at 1411 Old Durham Road

Post Date:01/21/2007

ISSUED BY: Johnny Parker, Assistant Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Structure Fire at 1411 Old Durham Road
CONTACT: On Duty Battalion Chief (919) 968-2781

CHAPEL HILL – At 7:19 p.m. on January 21st, the Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to an apartment complex fire at 1411 Old Durham Road. The initial response consisted of one engine from Chapel Hill, one ladder truck from Carrboro, one ladder truck from Durham, and one engine from New Hope Fire Dept, with a total of thirteen personnel. Parkwood E.M.S/ Fire unit also responded to assist.

The first unit to arrive, Parkwood EMS, found the door unlocked and entered to ascertain whether occupant(s) were home. Fire was located in the kitchen and extinguished using a portable fire extinguisher. The occupant, alerted by a smoke detector, had already vacated the apartment prior to fire department arrival.

The apartment sustained moderate heat and smoke damage valued at approximated $10,000.00 for both structure and personal belongings.

According to the National Fire Protection Association over 100,000 fires in residential occupancies annually are attributed to kitchen fires with food left unattended as this was the case here. A working smoke detector alerted the occupant to evacuate to a safe location.

One injury occurred during the fire.

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