Apartment Fire was Arson

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 2:05 PM
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the early morning fire at the Village Green Apartments, 1701 Dixon Blvd., was the result of arson. The fire damaged multiple units in one building resulting in 29 residents being displaced as the structure was deemed unsafe for habitation.

At 1:13 a.m. emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls from residents reporting a fire in one of the units. There were early reports that the female occupant of apartment number 62 was still inside. Officer Nick Hall was the first officer to arrive. Body camera video reveals Officer Hall running up the stairs to the second floor attempting to enter the apartment but he was quickly overcome by the thick black smoke coming from the apartment. Officer Ted Yakarys was the second to arrive. Officer Yakarys also attempted to enter the apartment but quickly exited as the smoke nearly caused him to pass out. Firefighters arrived within minutes and began to fight the fire as police officers evacuated the residents in each apartment. It was later determined the woman who lives in the apartment where the fire originated was not inside. She was taken to the hospital for other medical issues. Three others were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation including a police officer and a firefighter. All were treated and released.

The American Red Cross responded to assist the displaced residents. All were provided vouchers for lodging and essentials. The department’s victim advocate also responded to assist the victims.

The fire department estimates the damage to the building to be more than $250,000 at minimum. The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.