Apartment building fire started in storage room


No one was injured this morning when a fire broke out in a storage room at the Timberglen apartments.

The fire broke out in a basement storage room in apartment building C.

Craig Fire Chief Roy Mason said this morning that the cause of the fire is still under investigation though scanner reports indicated there

was nothing suspicious about the blaze.

Timberglen maintenance manager Mel Hepner said the room contained only maintenance supplies and furniture.

All access doors to the room were locked, except for a sliding-glass back door, Hepner said.

Hepners said the door is typically left unlocked during the day.

Hepner said the room contained mainly furniture, bedding, lawn mowing supplies and some flammable cleaning supplies.

No fire alarm went off, so the Craig Police Department evacuated the apartment building.

Timberglen resident Marti Pritchard reported smelling smoke around 9:45 a.m., but assumed it was cigarette smoke from outside.

Pritchard said, once notified, she evacuated immediately, gathering her two children, her keys and checkbook.

Pritchard was unfazed by the fire.

"It's just stuff," Pritchard said. "It can be replaced. The kids aren't in there and that's all that matters. My cats are in there, but they can be replaced."

No flames were visible at the scene.

By 10:30 a.m., the firefighters were in the process of tearing out sheet rock to determine if the fire had spread.

Mason said that it was fortunate the fire had occurred during a weekday because few people were in the building.

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