Fire at 934 Bellvue, Apt. 4 - Jan. 24, 2019
Posted on 01/25/2019
At 19:34 on Jan. 24, 2019, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department was called to 934 Bellevue for smoke in an apartment. Initial units arrived approximately four minutes after the time of call. The first-arriving Battalion Chief arrived on scene and assumed command.

The initial report was there was no smoke showing from the exterior. E-1 crew arrived on scene and found light smoke in the building. The door to the apartment had already been forced open by the owner, and smoke was coming from the apartment. The fire was located in the bedroom, and E-1 crew made an aggressive attack on the fire.

After the fire was extinguished Engine 1 crew located a victim in the bedroom near the bed. The immediately contacted Command and additional units arrived to assist in the removal of the occupant. The occupant was not breathing at the time nor did they have a pulse. Fire personnel started CPR and aggressive medical protocols on the patient until Cape County Private Ambulance arrived on the scene. Fire and ambulance personnel transferred the patient to the hospital, where the patient had a pulse and was breathing upon arrival.

The fire was deemed under control after about five minutes after arrival. Overhaul was started and the Cape Girardeau Fire Marshal along with the State Fire Marshal were called in to investigate the cause and origin. In all 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck and a Battalion Chief were on scene. There were no firefighter injuries.

Damage type: Fire and smoke
Damage extent: Light
Smoke detectors alerted occupants: No - there were no working smoke detectors in the structure; landlord was notified of this condition.