Families in Dickinson are displaced after a condominium complex went up flames.
“Everything is gone. I don’t see how anything could be left in there. It’s just a reminder of what can happen in these things,” said Sid Culver who witnesses the fire and is a nearby neighbor.
Around 6 p.m. on Sunday a six unit condominium complex near the intersection of 6th Avenue West and 29th Street West went up in flames.
“It was big black cloud of smoke. It wasn’t just a little thing,” said Culver
More than 30 firefighters and four water apparatuses fought the blaze in hot, humid conditions.
“Rehab, cooling them off, making sure they stay hydrated. was a very important part. Dickinson Ambulance was working with us, and they did a wonderful job of making sure our people were okay,” said Chief Bob Sivak, Dickinson Fire Department.
During the incident the Dickinson Fire Department also received assistance from local first responders including the rural fire department who helped put out grass fires.
Sivak said the Dickinson Police Department and Stark Sheriff’s Department were helpful in managing traffic, so fire trucks could get in and out.
Some neighbors in the area said they couldn’t get back to their homes, because the streets were blocked off by law enforcement, and people were flooding the sidewalks trying see what was going on.
Many residents in the area who were at home offered support to the first responders who were fighting the fire.
“We had citizens stop by with cases of water . . . popsicles. First time I ever fought a fire with popsicles,” said Chief Sivak.
Culver said she offered the families who lived in the complex shelter at her home while the firefighters were fighting the fire.
“We provided water. . . and of course our bathroom. . . . anything else they would of liked. Red Cross was in our drive way”.
The American Red Cross is currently providing four families with emergency lodging, and is meeting with families today to assist them with immediate needs: food and clothing.
The structure is a complete loss, but the fire department is relieved to announce no one was reported injured in the incident.
“So relieved. . . that the first thing everybody was asking . . . so relieved that everybody got out of there,” said Culver.
Chief Sivak said the it took about an hour to contain the fire, and the last truck left the scene at 10:30 p.m. last night.
Firefighters returned to the scene early this morning helping residents recover items that weren’t damaged in the fire.
Chief Sivak said right now a cause of the fire still has not been determined, and is still under investigation, but it is believed to have started on the exterior.
“Most of the insurance companies will be sending investigators out. We will be able to work with them and to determine exactly what happened”.