First responders were among the many to battle the elements while doing their jobs.
Fire crews were called to an apartment building on North Clinton Ave. just after 8:30 yesterday morning when a tenant reported smelling smoke.
The building was full at the time the fire broke out.
The deputy chief at the scene tells us this situation could have been much worse if the tenant didn’t call 9-1-1 when he did.
“The occupant stated to us that he had been smelling smoke for a couple of hours so luckily he was able to call us in time,” says Deputy Chief Felipe Hernandez.
“If not this could have been a huge issue for us with the potential for injuries as the building was fully occupied with at least 8 residents.”
We’re told all 8 tenants were able to get out of the building safely and that the fire was contained to a single second-floor unit.
Fire crews took the opportunity to remind everyone about the dangers of buried fire hydrants during winter storms.
The extra time it takes them to find the hydrant in an emergency could be life threatening.