Pulaski apartment fire displaces 20 people

An apartment fire in Pulaski Thursday night displaced 20 people.

Pulaski Fire Chief Robbie Kiser reports that at 10:57 Thursday night, the department was dispatched to 15 Fifth Street N.E. for a structure fire.  The location is a multi-family apartment building with four apartments.

Kiser said the first engine arrived 4 minutes later to find a large two-story residential building with heavy fire coming from the Delta side of residence.

“Crews quickly established attack teams for the multiple floors involved using three different crews and also a search crew was searching the residence for occupants and/or pets,” Kiser said.

Search crews did safely remove a pet rabbit and dog and returned these to the owners.

The fire displaced 20 occupants and 14 of those were assisted by the Red Cross. The remaining residents were assisted by family members.

Pulaski FD responded with two engines and a utility truck with 18 personnel, and Dublin FD and Newbern FD also assisted with a fire attack, a ladder truck and air truck and 14 personnel. American Electric Power responded to disconnect power to the residence. The Pulaski Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control.  Pulaski County Public Safety also assisted with the fire.

Kiser said the department used 3,000 gallons of water, 500 feet of attack hose, 20 air packs, and multiple hand tools to extinguish the fire.

The fire was under control at a quarter past midnight, but fire department personnel then overhauled and found hot spots due to the large size of structure.

Fire units finally cleared at 2:06 a.m. and were back in service at 2:45 a.m.

“Pulaski Fire Department would like to thank everyone who assisted for their help with this fire,” Kiser stated.