Firefighters responded to a residential fire just after 6 p.m. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day.
They found a "fully engulfed" apartment unit in a complex at 1220 E. Broadway, a property owned by Jason Mitchell. The resident of the apartment was not home when the fire started, and everyone was able to get out of the building unharmed.
"That's important," Mitchell said. "My stuff is replaced by insurance, but lives are not."
Fire damage was limited to one apartment in the complex. The complex houses 16 apartments, a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments. Mitchell has owned the building for about 11 years.
Cause of the fire is unknown.
Mitchell estimated damages from the fire at between $50,000 and $100,000.
"It was just the one unit, for the others it was just some smoke damage and some windows got hot enough that outside panes busted," Mitchell said. "They will all (except the unit where the fire originated) will be occupied (Friday). They did not want them in there (Thursday) night because of possible carbon monoxide. ... It will be in excess of $50,000 to rebuild that apartment and I am not sure what the exterior damage will be."
One tenant was left without a place to go that night — Mitchell gave them the keys to an open apartment he owns for a place to sleep that night.