From Fire Protection District 1:
Apartment Complex Fire Quickly Extinguished, Damage Limited
Slidell, LA. – St. Tammany Fire District #1 responded to the report of a commercial structure fire at the Westchester Arms Apartment complex, located at 3700 Pontchartrain Dr. in Slidell. Firefighters arrived on the scene in three minutes to find a 10,800 square foot, 20 unit, apartment building with heavy flames and smoke coming from a downstairs apartment. They were able to bring the situation under control and extinguish the fire within 19 minutes of arriving on the scene.
The fire was reported by a neighbor who called 911. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment of origin, which suffered heavy fire and smoke damage. A couple of other apartments suffered only minor smoke damage. The cause of the fire is believed to be a burner on the stove that was accidentally turned on. The American Red Cross was notified to provide assistance to some of the displaced tenants. One of the tenants suffered minor injuries while evacuating the building and was treated at a local hospital.
1st Alarm: 21:27:44
On Scene: 21:30:51
Under Control: 21:46:02