No injuries reported in fire at Cooper Towers
At 12:52am Saturday the Brazil Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment fire on the 6th floor of Cooper Towers.
Upon arrival firefighters could see heavy fire in windows of an apartment on the 6th floor. Some residents had already began to evacuate. Sheriff's Deputies and City Police officers assisted with the evacuation of some residents with mobility issues.
Firefighters made entry into the structure packing high rise hose packs and made an interior attack on the fire floor and apartment 611.
Cooper Towers built in 1968 is not equipped with a fire sprinkler system and has a dry standpipe. Teams of Brazil Firefighters established a water supply to the stand pipe system, and interior crews made connections inside the building and extinguished the fire while others began a secondary search assisting remaining occupants of the building to safety.
The fire displaced about 75 people initially. Temporary shelter was established at nearby Jackson Gardens. The American Red Cross, the Clay County School Corporation, the Clay County Sheriff's Department, and CARE ambulance assisted in establishing additional shelter at Meridian Elementary and providing transportation to the site for those affected. Some residents went to friends or family for shelter.
CARE ambulance treated residents at the scene, none were transported.
Although the hallway and a few apartments had smoke and water damage. Firefighters kept the fire contained to the apartment.
All occupants of the apartment escaped without injury. There were not any significant injuries reported by residents or firefighters.
State Fire Marshal's Office, Brazil Fire Department and the Brazil Police Department are still investigating the cause of the fire but it appears to be accidental.
At 7:41am most residents were allowed to return to their apartments. About 18 units remain restricted from occupancy until they can be repaired or assessed.
Red Cross is still providing assistance to those that are displaced.
Fire Chief Jake Bennett expresses his appreciation for the assistance of Police Chief McQueen Brazil City Police Department, Sheriff Harden and the Clay County Sheriff's Department, CARE Ambulance Supervisor Ted Cline and his medical personnel, Crissy Lawson Deputy Director Brazil Housing Authority and their employees, Lindsay Brewer and her staff with the American Red Cross, Mike Howard with Clay Community Schools, and the residents of Cooper Towers for their safe actions during the emergency and patience with their circumstances.