40 Residents Displaced in Ankeny Apartment Fire
The Ankeny Fire Department was dispatched for smoke in the building at 1010 NE Crestmoor Place. The call was received at 5:11 a.m. Initial arriving companies found smoke and fire in a stairwell. The main body of fire was contained within 10 minutes. Crews made several rescues while extinguishing the fire. Approximately 40 residents and several pets were displaced.
The Polk County Emergency Management Agency is assisting those individuals who have been affected by this incident. Two people were taken to local hospitals, and two additional residents were treated at the scene. None of the injuries are thought to be life threatening. Two cats suffered smoke inhalation and were revived using pet oxygen masks. Those animals were taken to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for further evaluation. Residents have been allowed to re-enter the building to retrieve personal items, but the building has not been released back to the tenants. The building did suffer extensive heat and smoke damage. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated jointly by the Ankeny Fire Department, Ankeny Police Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Ankeny Fire Department was assisted by the following agencies: Ankeny Police Department, Polk City Fire Department, Altoona Fire Department, Johnston Fire Department, Elkhart Fire Department, Saylor Fire Department, Des Moines Fire Department, Mercy ambulance and UnityPoint ambulance.