By Conrad Dudderar
Damage was contained to two units in a Yukon apartment fire.
The Yukon Fire Department responded Sunday morning, Sept. 5 to a structure fire in building two at Yukon Heights Apartments, 667 W Vandament.
The fire reportedly started in a first-floor apartment HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) closet and climbed to the apartment above. Both units sustained fire, smoke and water damage.
“The tenant said they were having issues with their HVAC unit,” Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said. “He saw some smoke and then fire shoot out of his vents.”
One of the primary challenges for Yukon firefighters during an apartment fire is keeping the blaze from spreading to other units.
Yukon Fire’s ladder one, engine one, engine two, and command vehicle responded to last Sunday’s apartment fire.
“We arrived on-scene at 8:03 a.m. and had the fire knocked down quickly,” Vogt reported.
After getting the fire under control, YFD crews ensured it did not spread throughout the two impacted apartments or to adjacent units.
“There was a lot of salvage and overhaul, so our guys were on scene for almost two hours,” the fire chief added. “We had to look for (fire) extension and use our fans to clear the buildings of smoke, the best we can.
“We definitely don’t want a ‘rekindle’ with apartments because those buildings are so close together.”
Bethany and Oklahoma City fire crews staged on scene after responding through an automatic mutual aid agreement for structure fires.
Yukon Fire’s overall call volume has increased about 20% over 2020.