One dead after fire at Plattsmouth senior living complex; dozens of others displaced

September 24, 2018

One person died and dozens of other residents were displaced after a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Plattsmouth on Saturday night.

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Mike Wood, Plattsmouth’s chief of emergency medical services, said Sunday. Several others were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, Wood said.

A resident of South Park Apartments, 1302 S. 10th St., reported the fire about 9 p.m., and residents were helping one another evacuate the building when firefighters arrived, Lt. Jon Hardy of the Plattsmouth Fire Department said. Some residents used walkers or wheelchairs.

The fire was isolated to a single apartment on one end of the complex, Hardy said. He said firefighters extinguished the fire quickly, but about half the facility was filled with smoke. The cause of the fire had not been determined.

The Red Cross was on the scene to help residents. Some family members took displaced residents to their homes, and school buses were expected to transport those without immediate arrangements to Plattsmouth High School while officials investigated the fire.

Hardy said everyone who lived in the facility is accounted for. The Murray Fire Department and Plattsmouth police officers also responded.

Theresa Stanley​ came to South Park Apartments to pick up her mother-in-law, Norma. Stanley said the Fire Department called to tell her that her mother-in-law was safe, but that residents were being evacuated.

“It was really scary,” Stanley said.

Firefighters went back in the building to get her mother-in-law’s medication and her cat, Jaffy, before Stanley took them to their home just outside Plattsmouth.

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