Fire Damages Atmore Apartment; FD Deploys ‘New’ Ladder Truck

April 4, 2013

Fire caused heavy damage to one unit in an Atmore apartment complex Wednesday night.

The fire was reported about 9:20 p.m. in Building F of the McRae Apartments on McRae Street. The fire began as a kitchen fire in a second story apartment in the eight-unit building, according to Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee. The fire spread from the apartment into the attic of the building.

McGhee credited his firefighters for a quick response in saving the building.

“They did a good job and got here quick,” McGhee said. “With just a few more minutes, this could have been a lot worse for the rest of the building.”

There were no injuries reported.

Tower 31 Responds

For Atmore firemen, Wednesday night’s apartment fire was an opportunity to respond with “Tower 31″, their recently-acquired 95-foot ladder truck. Firefighters deployed the truck’s ladder as a precaution Wednesday night, but no water was used from the ladder.

Atmore purchased the surplus truck from the City of Pensacola late last year for $30,001.

“It’s a nice a piece of equipment that we were very fortunate to get,” McGhee said of the ladder truck.

Pictured: One unit was heavily damaged Wednesday night in an apartment fire in Atmore. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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