A strong smell of smoke prompted a Lakeside resident to call for the fire department early on the morning of March 28, 2014. Lakeside Firefighters were alerted at their stations at 3:47 a.m. for a possible fire in a large apartment complex on Ashwood Street. Lakeside Engines 1 (Riverview) and 2 (River Park) arrived in just under six minutes to find moderate smoke pushing from an outside electrical utility room. Firefighters established a water supply from a nearby fire hydrant and pulled attack lines for fire control. Residents from two adjacent apartments were quickly evacuated as firefighters opened up interior walls to search for the hidden fire. The fire was located in a wall behind the exterior water heater closet and was extinguished with a handline off of Engine 1. The rapid response coupled with quick actions kept this fire from extending into the adjacent occupied dwellings.
Units attending this incident included: E1, E2, M2, D4104 (Lakeside); E4, T4 (Santee); E19 (San Miguel). Lakeside would like to acknowledge the help of our automatic-aid partners in assisting on this incident. S.D. Sheriff's deputies also assisted with evacuations.
|Engine 1 on scene.|
|The fire was in the wall here.|
|Attack line at the apartment door.|
Post and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District