Lafayette – Lafayette firefighters responded to 1600 East Simcoe Street, Simcoe Housing Complex, to a reported apartment fire at 3:38 this afternoon. When firefighters arrived, the laundry room of the duplex apartment building was on fire. The flames were quickly spreading to the attic. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within fifteen minutes. Despite quick suppression operations, the laundry room, attic and roof area above the laundry sustained heavy fire damage. The apartment where the fire originated was not occupied, but the adjacent one was by a family of four.
No injuries were reported.
The Housing Authority has relocated the family to another unit due to the damages.
Fire officials determined the fire originated in the laundry room. Investigators believe the fire may have been started by kids playing in the empty room. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.