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Kitchen fire causes evacuation of building at Twin Oaks Apartments in southeast Fort Wayne (with VIDEO)

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:20 pm

A midmorning kitchen fire caused an evacuation at a building in the Twin Oaks Apartment complex on the city's southeast side Friday morning. There were people inside the apartment at the time of the fire, but by the time crews arrived everyone was safely outside. There are no reported injuries at this time.

Mike Miller, assistant fire chief for the Fort Wayne Fire Department, said firefighters were dispatched to 6060 Turtle Creek Drive at 9:12 a.m. for an apartment fire. Crews arrived four minutes later and found the first and second story of the apartment building on fire. The team called for a second crew, which included three more engines, to help combat with the fire.

“The crews got in quickly and contained the fire in the attic,” he said. It took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

The fire was in a two-story, townhouse-style apartment, and Miller said other apartments in the building will be affected.

“The whole building will be somewhat affected. It's standard operating procedure that we cut power and gas to the apartments that are affected by the fire. In the apartments next door, we pulled the ceilings down to make sure we can get into the attic," he said.