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Weekend apartment fire still under investigation

Monday, June 23, 2008

Officials have yet to determine the cause of a fire at Cooper Towers over the weekend.

"The investigation remains ongoing at this time," Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith told The Brazil Times Monday. "It's not clear at this time what caused the fire."

The facility's alarm company contacted the Brazil City Fire Department around 7:14 p.m., Saturday, about a fire in the trash removal system. The fire alarm was for an area where residents place trash in a chute which is fed compactor on the first floor and later compressed into a dumpster outside the facility located at 120 W. Jackson St., Brazil.

As per department protocols, Smith said firefighters took two fire engines and placed a ladder truck on standby during the fire.

Although there was no official evacuation initiated by the fire department, Smith praised residents who safely vacated the building on their own because of some heavy smoke. No residents were reported injured during the fire.

However, an unidentified firefighter sustained minor injuries when his hand was "pinched" during the effort to fight the blaze.

"As a precautionary measure, the firefighter had X-rays to check the injury," Smith said. "But it was minor enough that they were able to return to duty immediately and complete their shift."

Smith said the trash compactor/dumpster was not damaged during the fire and was still working when the firefighters left the scene shortly before 9:30 p.m.



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