Fire investigators have ruled a fire that gutted one unit at the Carmen Condominium building at 305 N. 10th Street Thursday morning as undetermined.
Fire dispatchers received several calls that smoke was coming from the three story wood frame/stucco building at 7:13 a.m. On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the building. They entered the stairways and as they ascended they found the fire in a second floor apartment. They were able to knock down the fire in a few minutes.
Thick smoke on the second and third floors of the building, which has 34 apartments, made it difficult for people to see while evacuating. Four people were assisted by firefighters and checked out for minor smoke inhalation. They refused to be taken to the hospital.
Damage was confined to the one unit, which is currently being renovated. Employees arrived after 7 a.m. to work on the apartment and found smoke coming from it. They called 9-1-1.
Fire investigators were not able to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire. It remains under investigation. Residents were able to return to the apartments about an hour later.
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