Fire at 124 S. Lorimier – Dec. 1, 2015

At 5:37 a.m. on Dec. 1, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department was called to 124 S. Lorimier for the smell of smoke in an apartment. Upon arrival, nothing was showing from the exterior of the building. The building is a frame construction, three-story structure with 10 apartment units, seven of which were occupied.
Initially, the department had three units on scene; one engine, one latter, and the Battalion Chief’s vehicle. The engine crew went to the area of origin and woke the occupants up in the apartment that had light smoke coming from it. They made entry and found a small fire in what appeared to be a kitchenette area. The fire was extinguished with a pre-connected line.
The next two arriving engines went through the first second and third floors making sure everyone was evacuated. The last arriving unit assisted the first engine company with extinguishment at the basement level apartment.
While in the overhaul mode, the fire had spread undetected to the first and second floors through a confined space with an enclosed pipe chase. The fire was then controlled on those two floors with major overhaul to locate the fire in the confined spaces.
A unit from Jackson was dispatched and their personnel came to the scene to assist with manpower. Additional Cape Girardeau Fire Department personnel also arrived on scene as it was shift change.
There were no civilian injuries or Firefighter injuries. The smoke detectors did not notify any of the occupants in the structure. The cause is undetermined at this time but does not appear to be suspicious.
Damage type: Fire and smoke
Damage extent: Extensive
Estimated dollar loss: $150,000 structure, $75,000 contents.