While fighting the structure fire on Meadowbrook Lane on Sunday night, May 31st, the Russellville Fire Department was dispatched to a second report of a possible structure fire at 1940 South Elmira Avenue, Village Square Apartments, building 2.
Pope County 911 operators received a 911 call from a resident of the apartments that advised that smoke was seen exiting building 2. The caller stated that smoke was exiting the roof and he thought it may be coming from the attic. After receiving the call, 911 operators dispatch RFD Engine 3, Engine 2 and Battalion 2 to respond to the location.
As fire units advised they were en route to the call, dispatch updated firefighters and stated that the caller doesn’t see the smoke anymore and the building had been evacuated.
Upon the arrival of Engine 3, they gave dispatch a size up of the scene stating no smoke or fire was showing from the apartment building. Under the command of Battalion 2, Chris Vick, Engine 3 firefighters began an investigation into the incident.
At that time, the Pottsville Fire Department was requested to respond in case there was a need for mutual aid and after being dispatched Pottsville Fire Department Engine 305 checked en route. At 9:52 p.m., Pope County dispatch requested the Dover City Fire Department to respond to RFD Station 3 to cover any emergency calls the City of Russellville may receive while all RFD fire companies remained on scene working the two structure fires. A short time later, the Dover City Fire Department responded to Station 3 as requested by dispatch to cover calls if needed for RFD.
Just before 10 p.m., RFD firefighters determined that the attic of building two was clear. Firefighters continued their investigation of the reported smoke by going from apartment to apartment and conducting a search.
A short time later, Battalion 2 contacted dispatch by radio and advised that the Pottsville Fire Department could down grade their response after fire crews were unable to find any fire.
After a thorough search of the apartments located in building 2, no fire or smoke was found. Once the building was determined to be clear, all residents of the apartments were allowed to return inside their apartments.
After command was terminated at Village Square Apartments, RFD Engine 3, Engine 2 and Battalion 2 returned to their stations available for service. At that time, Pottsville Fire Department Engine 305 and the Dover City Fire Department also advised dispatch they were back in service and then returned to their stations as well.
The attached photos and the following video were taken while on scene at Village Square Apartments on Sunday night.