by ERIC VANSICKLE, firstname.lastname@example.org Aug 30, 2017
The lone resident in the LZ Phoenix veterans transitional housing center had a rude awakening early Thursday morning when a small fire was set off by an electrical unit near a fish tank in the living room.
Bremer County Veterans Affairs Director Neal Jarnagin explained on Friday morning during a clean-up effort that around 1 a.m. Thursday, someone had heard some cracking and “a big crash.”
“We came out and we saw that the first floor was filled with smoke,” Jarnagin described in a Facebook Live interview. “So I ran upstairs and got the resident out, and then ran downstairs to see if it was the water heater or something like that.”
When he discovered that wasn’t the cause, he returned to the first floor and saw a couple of small fires through the smoke at the fish tank. He was able to take out the flames with a fire extinguisher and then called 911.
“That was the only damage that there was, was that fish tank,” he said. “There was water everywhere.”
Read more in the Tuesday, August 29 edition of the Bremer County Independent.