Fire at 333 North Ellis Street – May 14, 2016

On May 14 at 12:22 p.m., the Cape Girardeau Fire Department was called to 333 North Ellis Street for a fire in the bedroom of one of the apartments. Upon the arrival, there was light smoke visible from the exterior of an eight-unit, two-story apartment building. The initial call was for four engines, a ladder truck and the Battalion Chief. The fire was found in the second floor apartment. The first engine took a line to the second floor, where they encountered fire in the front room and the bedroom. They started to extinguish the fire. The ladder truck assisted in searching the building to assure everyone had exited the structure. The other units arriving assisted with interior and exterior operations.
The fire was brought under control in about five minutes. Cape County Private Ambulance arrived and took one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation as a precaution. All units were on the scene for about one hour to make sure the fire was out. The other seven apartments were still tenable, and only the apartment with the fire was damaged to the point of not being inhabitable. There were no Fire Department injuries, and Cape Girardeau Police Department assisted in traffic control. There were no working smoke detectors in the apartment.
Damage type: Fire and smoke
Damage extent: Moderate
Estimated dollar loss: $15,000
Smoke detectors alerted family: No