Firefighters battle Carson City apartment fire amid late summer heat


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:06 am on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Firefighters from five departments convene at a Carson City apartment fire. Temperatures were in the mid-90s on Tuesday afternoon as firefighters from five departments battled a blaze in Carson City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

CARSON CITY — It was difficult to tell what was hotter Tuesday, the fire at a two-story apartment building in Carson City, or the sun glowering over it.

Firefighters from five departments battled a blaze at Carson Place Apartments around 3 p.m. despite temperatures in the mid-90s.

Carson City firefighter Chad Parmenter was the first responder on scene at 430 E. Grove St. just north of Main Street.

“We had flames showing on the backside of the building, moving their way forward,” he said.

Fire departments from Crystal Township, Hubbardston, Perrinton and Sheridan all responded to assist in fighting the flames. Everyone was safely evacuated from the apartment complex. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The names of the residents who lived inside the apartment that caught fire have not yet been released.

No one was injured in the blaze, but several firefighters did suffer from heat exhaustion.

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“It is hot,” Parmenter said. “We have precautions with the EMS that’s on scene. We’re limited to times worked. We get checked out and drink lots of water.”

Rachel Edwards helped provide some of that water. A resident of the apartment complex, she had left 15 minutes before the fire to pick up her daughters, Karlie, 10, and Ariel, 9, from the school nearby.

“I was picking up my kids and you could see the flames above the trees,” she said. “I got my kids and came rushing back here. I saw the flames and I was like holy crap, it’s like 90 degrees out. I know a couple of the firefighters.”

Edwards instinctively jumped into her car and drove to Carson Village Market, where she purchased about $70 worth of cold water and Gatorade and Powerade.

“My oldest daughter and I, we ran into the store and filled like half a cart,” she said. “I live on food stamps and I used my food stamps to provide for these guys.”

Carla Coleman of Riverdale is the manager of Carson Place Apartments, which includes 22 residences. Coleman said she doesn’t yet know how many of the residences were affected by the fire.

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