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Fire Department Responds To Apartment Fire at Forest Cove

Post Date:06/25/2015
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Mount Prospect firefighters were called for a reported apartment fire at the Forest Cove apartment complex located at 1703-1705 Forest Cove Drive. Upon their arrival, firefighters were confronted with smoke and fire conditions from an apartment on the second floor at 1705 Forest Cove. Residents had been evacuated. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes. Crews continued to work for the following two hours.

The damage is estimated at approximately $500,000 with $2,500,000 in property saved. Two units suffered severe fire damage, one unit had water damage and there was minor smoke damage throughout the complex. One police officer was transported due to smoke inhalation and two residents were treated on the scene. The lives of one dog and one cat were lost due to the fire while three cats and two turtles were saved. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Firefighters from Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Township and Des Plaines assisted with the fire. Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights and Glenview were called for a change of quarters and assisted with 10 additional emergency calls throughout town.

The apartment complex contains a total of 24 units, 6 of which are vacant. Residents from 18 units were displaced due to the fire and the gas and power being cut. The building’s management company will place the displaced residents in vacant units in other complexes. Red Cross, Human Services and the Building Department were also on the scene to assist with the residents and ensure the building’s safety.

The Mount Prospect Fire Department would like to remind residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms in their home. Residents should replace the batteries in their smoke alarms every six months and should test them on a monthly basis. The Mount Prospect Fire Department will assist those residents that are unable to install or test their smoke alarms. For more information regarding smoke alarms or other fire safety questions, please contact the Mount Prospect Fire Prevention Bureau at (847) 818-5253.
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