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Fire at Marshfield apartment complex quickly extinguished


A fire Friday, May 19 at Copperfield Apartments in Marshfield (157 N Blair St) was contained to one unit thanks to a rapid response from the Marshfield Fire Protection District.

“We got the call around 7 a.m. for a fire in the kitchen of one of the apartments,” explained Marshfield Fire Chief Michael Taylor. “Luckily, with our new people on duty 24 hours, we were able to get there very quickly and knock that fire down where the fire was contained to one apartment.”

When MFPD arrived at the apartments, the third floor had heavy flames and smoke coming from the front side of the building. According to Taylor, the fire was heavily smoke charged and very close to spreading.

“We were able to get there very quickly and get the flames knocked down so it stayed in that one unit. We did however, have to shut the power off to one half of that building because of the water, smoke and heat damage throughout that whole side.”

The entire building was quickly evacuated as MFPD contained the scene. Firefighters were able to let residents go back in on the uninvolved side of the building following the extinguish.

However, some people were displaced from their homes.

“As far as I know, the probably still are but I have to have any contact with the owner since the fire so I don't know for sure whether that side of the building is occupied,” he added. “But it's probably going to take a little bit of time to get that building back together.”

Taylor says the cause of the fire is not suspicious. The investigation report is not complete but the fire is currently being investigated as an accidental fire.

The Marshfield Fire Protection District underwent renovations and additions at Fire Station No. 1 with an open house Friday. The new facility allows the district to expand its ability to provide service tot the citizens of the district and allows firefighters to be housed 24 hours per day. The district is now operating under a hybrid schedule which has more firefighters on the clock than ever before. 

"We will be in full implementation of the 24-48 hour schedule in October. The additional facilities that we've added give us this ability," Taylor said of the station improvements. 

See a full story about the renovations at Fire Station No. 1 in next week's edition of the Marshfield Mail.


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