On Monday, Nov. 27, fire alarms in the Willis Avenue apartment complex detected smoke coming from the third floor and evacuated residents living in the building. According to Chief of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, Chris Hinds, a fire was not found in the apartment complex.
“They had an alarm going off over there, they could smell smoke in the hallway but they could not find anything that was burning,” Hinds said. “They went to the apartment the alarm went off in, there was nothing in there.”
“They said they could definitely smell smoke.”
According to Resident Manager of the Willis Ave. apartments, Renae Cole, the cause of the fire is still unknown.
“I received a call from the alarm company and then I received a call from the police department and they told me that they could see a bit of a haze and some smoke,” Cole said.
Cole says nothing was damaged in the fire.
“They smelled the smoke and tried knocking on doors before I got here,” Cole said. “When I came [to the apartments], I was trying to find where it would be coming from and we couldn’t find anything.”
Both the Perry Police Department and Perry Fire Department were at the scene.
The Perry Chief will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.