Fire chief says quick work by firefighters limited damage at Highland Terrace Apartments

Last updated: February 18. 2014 1:05PM - 3000 Views
By - jgilliland@civitasmedia.com



The Highland Terrace Apartments in Hillsboro, where Tuesday morning fire displaced the residents of two apartments, are shown.
The Highland Terrace Apartments in Hillsboro, where Tuesday morning fire displaced the residents of two apartments, are shown.
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An early morning fire displaced the residents of two units at the Highland Terrace Apartments in Hillsboro on Tuesday, but Paint Creek EMS/Fire District Chief Bradley George said quick action by firefighters limited the damage.


George said his department received a dispatch call at 4:23 a.m. reporting that power was off in some of the apartments and that residents could hear something in the walls. Upon arrival on the scene, George said firefighters could see light smoke coming from one of the four-unit buildings. Once they got closer they found the actual fire in the attic above one of the buildings.


George said a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was of an electrical nature and started between two of the units, but that it is still under investigation. He said the fire was contained to one apartment, but another apartment received light damage since the fire started between the two units.


“It was a bad fire, but the crew got in there, got to it quick, vented it through the roof and put it out fairly easily,” George said. “I was not at the scene on this one, but it’s nice to know they were able to get on it quick and do what needed to be done.”


George said the fire does not appear to be suspicious.


Paint Creek responded to the scene along with fire departments from Leesburg, Lynchburg and New Vienna. George said Fayetteville covered for Lynchburg and Marshall was on standby.


No injures were reported.


The apartments are located at 737 N. West St. in Hillsboro, which turns into SR 73 as it leaves the city.


Jeff Gilliland may be reached at 937-393-3456 ext. 209 or on Twitter @13gillilandj.

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