UPDATED: Firefighters respond to smoky scene at Heritage Landings
Milford Fire Chief Jim Carpenter says a light ballast is responsible for a smoky scene and evacuation at Good Samaritan Society-Heritage Landings, a senior apartment complex along Jepperson Road near Highway 86 in Milford.
Residents looked on from the Heritage Landings parking lot as fire crews continued to arrive at 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning.
Firefighters inside the building observed smoke in the Heritage Landings lobby area. Carpenter said power was shut off to the main part of the building. Firefighters entered the attic crawl space in multiple locations to find the source of the smoke.
Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Department was immediately called for manpower and the aerial truck. A pair of firefighters also walked along the rooftop of the building to search for signs of fire.
Residents in the parking lot were monitored by Heritage Landings staff and placed on Regional Transit Authority buses. They were taken to the neighboring First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji.
Officials called in Milford Electric to address the malfunctioning ballast. Some Milford firefighters stayed behind to assist the company.
Other firefighters were called away to an alarm at Boji Bay Pavilion in Milford. A range hood extinguishment system discharge triggered an alarm there. Fire crews found no additional concerns at the location.
The Milford and Arnolds Park-Okoboji fire departments were assisted by the Milford and Okoboji police departments, Milford Electric, Copper Cottage, and Dickinson County Emergency Management.