JACKSON, Wyo. — At 10:40 a.m. this morning, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responded to a structure fire at the Blair Place Apartment Complex.
Upon arrival, first responders observed flames coming from the third floor of apartment building 245.
After arriving on the scene, firefighters were able to successfully control the fire which was contained to the third floor and roof, causing fire damage to two apartments according to Battalion Chief Mike Moyer. Other units on the first and second floors experienced water damage.
The fire alarm and sprinkler systems were activated and responsible for effectively alerting residents of the 14-unit building and for helping to control the fire.
“This is a good reminder to make sure your fire alarms and sprinkler systems are in working condition because they do make a difference,” Moyer said.
While all residents were able to evacuate without injury and several pets were able to be evacuated, two pet birds did perish in the fire. Residents will not be able to return to their apartments at least through tonight as the fire department will conduct its investigation and property managers will assess the damage to fire alarm and suppression systems.
Residents who were displaced were provided housing at a local hotel through Teton County Victim Services.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel will remain on the scene throughout the night to monitor the building.
Approximately 40 firefighters responded from stations in Jackson, Adams Canyon, Hoback, Wilson, Teton Village Road, as well as the Teton Village Fire District and Teton County Emergency Management. The Jackson Police Department assisted with evacuations and traffic control.