Fire Sunday night at Heisinger Bluffs

A deck fire at a Jefferson City retirement facility Sunday night caused around $20,000 in damage.

According to Jefferson City fire department reports, the fire at Heisinger Bluffs, 1002 West Main Street, was called in around 9:15 p.m.

The fire occurred in the rear of an apartment on the third floor in the independent living area.

The cause has been classified as “accidental.”

Investigators ruled out an electrical problem, but could can not rule out improper disposal of smoking materials as possibly what started the fire.

There was fire damage to the deck and smoke damage to two adjacent apartments.

The fire was contained to the deck, which will have to be rebuilt, and the outside of building.

The area the fire occurred at was in a courtyard of the facility.

Fire officials said it was a challenge getting to the fire.

It took crews about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Due to the size of the facility, a second alarm was called in and members of the Cole County Fire Protection District were also called to go to the fire department's Hyde Park training facility to be on stand-by in case they were needed at Heisinger or if other fire calls in the city came in.

All the residents of the wing where the fire occurred were evacuated to other parts of facility and none had to wait outside while firefighters worked to contain the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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