(Update): 1 injured during Atlantic apartment fire


February 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during an apartment fire this morning, in Atlantic.

402 Maple Street fire in Atlantic (Ric Hanson photo)

Firefighters were called to 402 Maple Street at around 8-a.m. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees told KJAN News the incident was reported by a resident in a neighboring apartment, who smelled smoke.

He said the resident couldn’t get a man living in the apartment to evacuate. Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson also tried but was unsuccessful in getting the man out. McNees said firefighters made entry into the building and were able to remove the man from the home, along with the rest of the tenants. The victim was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

McNees said the fire, which apparently started in the kitchen, spread to the wall and into the ceiling. There are four apartments in the two-story structure, three of which were believed to have been occupied by a total of six-residents. The other occupants were expected to return to their apartments once the structure was ventilated. Atlantic Fire was on the scene for about 45-minutes.