For Immediate Release
The Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue was dispatched to 1505 Country Club Drive for a structure fire at 2:54PM on Monday, March 4, 2013. While enroute dispatch advised of multiple calls on this fire. Deputies arrived on scene and reported to the department that the building was full of smoke. Upon arrival at the eight-plex apartment building firefighters found heavy smoke conditions throughout the building. Firefighters did an immediate search of the apartments looking for any residents that may have been trapped. Finding none they then focused on the fire located in the Northeast main level apartment. The fire was brought under control by firefighters in about 30 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene until 6PM ventilating all of the apartments, completing extinguishment of hot spots, allowing tenants into the building to gather necessary personal belongings and completing an initial investigation. In addition firefighters stood watch on the building until 10:30 PM ensuring that no fire remained. Fire damage was severe to the apartment where the fire originated, moderate to the apartment above. Smoke damage to the building was minor to moderate to all of the remaining apartments. No injuries were reported to people however one pet cat died and three others were rescued and resuscitated by the departments EMS staff using donated Pet O2 masks. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s office and the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue and preliminary damage estimates are in the $500,000 range. The department wishes to thank the multiple departments assisting at this fire to include: Spirit Lake Fire Department, Arnolds Park and Okoboji Police departments, Dickinson County Sheriff’s office, Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance Paramedics, Dickinson County Emergency Management.
For Questions or comment contact:
Fire Chief Chris Yungbluth