Fire forces Parklawn evacuation

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 19, 2009 7:21 AM

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A small fire forced about 130 residents to evacuate the UI’s Parklawn Apartments on Wednesday morning.

Iowa City firefighters responded to a report of an automatic alarm. A UI police officer on the scene at the time told firefighters there was smoke in the hallway of the south wing, reports said.

Firefighter crews arrived at apartment S205 and found the door “hot to the touch and black soot showing around the door.” They were able to enter the apartment and extinguish a small fire in the kitchen.

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The building had minimal damage but the contents of the apartment sustained substantial smoke damage, according to police. No one was injured and damages costs were unavailable, reports said.
University Apartments Manager Helen Baker said students were cooperative during evacuation, and that Kelli Russell, the renter of the apartment, was also calm.

Russell has been displaced to another room in the Parklawn Apartments, and all residents were able to return to their own rooms after officials cleared the building.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

— by Marleen Linares

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