Fire damages North Shores Apartments; woman said she may have left stove on
WSBT photo // Tom VanNevel (October 3, 2012)
SOUTH BEND — Tammara Henderson was almost to her job at Macy’s this afternoon when she had an alarming thought.
Did she leave the stove on?
Henderson hadn’t even made it back to her apartment when she received a phone call from a family member saying there was smoke coming from her apartment.
“I had been boiling some water to make for my dinner,” she said.
Henderson was consoled by family members upon hearing the American Red Cross would be looking for places for affected tenants of North Shores Apartments to spend the night.
South Bend Fire Chief Steve Cox said the cause of the fire is undetermined pending an investigation.
When firefighters arrived about 1:30 p.m., smoke was coming from the east side of the 12-unit building at 1411 Northside Blvd. along the St. Joseph River. Two apartments received smoke damage and several others received at least some damage, Cox said.
Investigators have confirmed grease from a pan left unattended on the stove ignited the fire. The fire spread to the wall and traveled to an upstairs apartment.
Damage is estimated at $120,000.
Cox said firefighters were able to make it inside the apartments and battled the fire inside the walls and in the attic. They put a hole in the roof to help with ventilation.
No injuries were reported.
Nine of the 12 units have tenants.
Staff writer Tom Moor: