FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Capt. Don Foster, Incident Commander
Saturday, June 29, 2013 Tony Nuttman, Fire Investigator
FIRE DAMAGES MERMAN DRIVE APARTMENT
PULLMAN---A neighbor who smelled smoke at a Terre View Crossings apartment Saturday morning and went around checking nearby apartments until he saw the flames was credited by firefighters as helping keep a fire confined to one apartment unit.
The neighbor called 9-1-1 to report the fire at 11:43 a.m. at 1540 NE Merman Dr. He told firefighters later that he felt the door to apartment 143 and it was hot and through the window he could see flames in the kitchen area.
Fire investigator Tony Nuttman said the residents were not at home at the time of the fire. They started moving into the apartment yesterday and were picking up items from their old apartment. They told firefighters they were gone for about an hour when the fire started.
Nuttman said the new residents said they placed a cardboard box on the stove as they were moving in kitchen items and apparently bumped a switch on the electric stove and that caused the fire.
Firefighters who first entered the structure said the apartment was filled with smoke and flames were around the kitchen area. Nuttman said there was fire, heat and smoke damage to the apartment but very little water damage. He said management would be meeting with its insurance carrier to determine the extent of damage.
The new residents were meeting with the apartment managers to determine if they could be housed in an empty apartment at the complex.
(Release written by Glenn Johnson, PFD/PIO)
Firefighters Setup Positive Pressure Fan to Remove Smoke from the Apartment.