The Journal Gazette
Thursday, February 06, 2020 12:45 pm

Residents return to homes after high-rise fire

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A kitchen fire that brought firefighters to a downtown high-rise did not displace any residents, Fort Wayne Deputy Fire Chief Adam O'Connor said Thursday. 

Even those who evacuated the Three Rivers Apartments north tower weren't forced out for long, O'Connor said, describing the Wednesday night blaze as small. 

The fire was on the 11th floor of the 14-story building off Superior Street on the east edge of downtown. It had working smoke detectors, according to the fire department. 

Along with ensuring the fire was extinguished, firefighters worked to clear the smoky air, O'Connor said. 

“We take positive pressure fans, force fresh air into the building, which then systematically forces the smoke out,” he said, noting the process can be time-consuming. 

It is likely the fire was cooking related given it occurred in a kitchen, O'Connor said. 

Nobody was injured. 

Minor water damage and moderate fire and smoke damage were reported.


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