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The Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for an apartment fire on Friday evening, March 3.


The department was called out at 5:04 p.m. and by the time they arrived at Parkside Trace Apartments on Harmony Lane in Charlestown, the unit was fully engulfed.

According to Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Andre Heal, there were four apartments damaged by the fire.

“I’m sure all of the apartments have some smoke and water damage. There was one vacant apartment but the rest were occupied at the time of the fire,” Heal stated. “The apartment that burnt was 3207.”

The department called the fire under control at 6:34 p.m. By the time firefighters controlled the hot spots and continued checking the fire including clean up, they remained on scene until 11:15 p.m.

The Jeffersonville Fire Department and Red Cross were on scene to assist. The Red Cross helped those who were displaced by the fire.

According to Heal, the State Fire Marshall and the Jeffersonville Fire Department Fire Marshall investigated the fire. The investigation determined the start of the fire was a cigarette butt left on the patio was not completely distinguished.

“This was not our typical run of the mill structure fire. We don’t normally have fires like this one,” Heal continued. “We want to thank the Jeffersonville Fire Department, the Charlestown Police Department. Keith (McDonald) and Chuck (Ledbetter) were there helping us out. They asked me what we needed and they made it happen. Everybody was there to help us out so we were able to do our job.  Rhonda Davidson contacted the Red Cross. She immediately went into action to help. Tom Kendrick was going to put those displaced up for the night because they couldn’t get in touch with the Red Cross at first.  This was truly a community effort. We want to thank everyone. And we want to thank our guys for going well above and beyond with their efforts on this fire.”

During the height of the fire, there were 15 firefighters from Jeffersonville Fire Department and 26 members of the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department on scene.

“We even had four or five retired guys come out to help us,” Heal added. “We are thankful for everybody’s help. And we are thankful there were no serious injuries.”


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:12