Shawnee firefighters spent most of Sunday afternoon battling a large apartment fire at Ashford Place Apartments, 3105 Acme Road.

Shawnee firefighters spent most of Sunday afternoon battling a large apartment fire at Ashford Place Apartments, 3105 Acme Road.

Fire Chief Dru Tischer said crews spent time doing extensive salvage and overhaul while searching the building to ensure there were no trapped victims.

"At this time, we believe we have accounted for all occupants that were in the building when the fire started and there are no civilian or firefighter injuries," he said.

"It was very hot and humid this afternoon and our firefighters were exposed to a tremendous amount of heat stress while fighting this fire," Tischer added.

REACT EMS paramedics and the Red Cross assisted with firefighter rehab, he said, which greatly contributed for safety on this event.

"The Red Cross is also assisting with temporary housing for displaced families," he said.

In addition to Shawnee fire crews, Tischer said the department had assistance from the Tecumseh, McLoud and Bethel Acres fire departments; all of which sent multiple crews which provided crucial manpower.

"Battalion Chief Tom Larman was the incident commander on this incident and he did a great job of directing operations and ensuring personnel accountability," the chief said. "Our crews did a great job of fighting fire, ensuring there were no victims, and minimizing property damage on a very large structure in very hot and humid conditions."

Tischer said the department also used its new 107-foot aerial ladder, which came in very handy on this fire as the setback from pavement and the height of this building required additional reach.

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