An alert resident, a quick response time, and a piece of high-tech equipment combined to limit damage from a Sunday evening fire at Versailles Place Condominiums in Farmington.
According to a press release, Farmington Public Safety Department responded to the complex at around 5:40 p.m., after a resident reported the odor of smoke in the building. Firefighters who arrived on scene within three minutes found smoke coming through the roof vents above a second story unit. When a thermal imaging camera showed heat above the bathroom ceiling, firefighters pulled down the drywall ceiling and located flames in the attic.
The fire was quickly extinguished and did not spread to other units. All residents safely exited the building, and no firefighters were injured during the incident. Residents were displaced for the evening while crews cleaned up the scene.
“Had it not been for the alertness of the caller and the quick response by Farmington Public Safety personnel, the damage could have been much more severe,” Public Safety Director Frank Demers said. “We are grateful that there were no injuries sustained by residents or responding firefighters. Farmington Public Safety personnel did a great job managing this incident and working together as a team to quickly get the fire under control.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, with assistance from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Fire Investigation Unit, but an electrical problem may have been a contributing factor.