Mentor Firefighters Squelch Condo Fire
Woman wakes up to the smell of smoke in bedroom
Jody Shults woke up to the smell of smoke and the sight of a fire in her bedroom Monday morning.
Shults was able to get out of her home at Fairfax Condos, 7970 Mentor Ave., safely. But Mentor Fire Battalion Chief Joe Busher said Shults was lucky -- partly because she did not have a working smoke detector.
"She's lucky the fire didn't start around midnight when people tend to be sleeping deeper," he said.
Instead, the fire began in her upstairs bedroom a few minutes before 7:30 a.m.
Mentor firefighters were called to the condo. When they first arrived, they saw light smoke coming from the building, according to the incident report. However, the smoke became much heavier when they came inside.
Fortunately, firefighters were able to squelch the flames quickly because the fire had not spread from the bedroom.
Shults received some medical treatment at the scene but she did not need to go to the hospital, Busher said.
The fire caused $15,000 worth of damage -- most of it from the smoke.
While the condominium is structurally sound, the residents will be unable to live there while the smoke damage is cleaned, Busher said. The Red Cross has been called to help the occupants find somewhere to live in the meantime.
Busher said investigators are still working to identify what caused the fire, but he did say the blaze was "nothing suspicious."
Busher noted that while the condominium had smoke detectors, they did not work. He suggested everyone remember to replace their detectors' batteries and test them so they know they work.