At 3:54 PM today, Fire Services personnel were dispatched to 319 Oxford Court for a fire in apartment #6. Personnel from the Waverly Road Station that were in the area arrived on scene within 2 minutes from the time of dispatch to find heavy smoke showing from the 8 unit apartment complex and learned of a fire in the kitchen of apartment #6. These personnel initiated a search and evacuation of occupants in unaffected apartments and initiated an interior attack once additional units from the Waverly and Kollen Park Stations arrived on scene. The fire was extinguished within minutes of arrival.
There were no injuries to occupants of the residence or fire personnel. The cause of the fire determined to be accidental and a result of unattended cooking. The kitchen and other areas of the department sustained significant damage and the adjacent apartment and hallway sustained smoke damage. Damage is estimated to be approximately $40,000.
HDPS Fire Services personnel were assisted by the Holland Police, AMR, American Red Cross, Holland BPW and MAX Bus.
With the continuing snow, hydrants have been difficult to identify and locate. It is ironic to note that HDPS Fire Personnel were on Oxford Court this morning and uncovered many of the hydrants in this area including the one utilized during this incident. While personnel continue to clear hydrant where and when they are able to do so, it is requested that the public continue assist in this effort where they can. Many residents and businesses have been helpful in this effort already and HDPS expresses thanks and appreciation for these continued efforts.
For additional information contact Captain Chris Tinney at 616-355-1023.