Small fire causes evacuation of senior care facility

Posted at: 10/19/2013 4:06 PM
Updated at: 10/19/2013 6:26 PM
By: Johnny Cordoba, KOB 4

Small fire causes evacuation at apartment building
Small fire causes evacuation at apartment building
Photo: Courtesy: Eric Holck

Albuquerque fire crews responded at noon to an incident at the apartment building located on 5500 Wyoming NE.  Upon arrival firefighters saw smoke coming from the second floor.  The three story senior care facility was immediately evacuated.    

According to an AFD spokesperson, an electrical short in the air conditioning window unit of apartment 212 caused the fire.  One patient had to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but was not taken to the hospital.  The window where the air conditioner unit was located suffered some damage, while the apartment itself sustained some damage due to the smoke.  

A few hours later, residents were allowed back into the building, while maintenance crews repaired the damages to the apartment. No other injuries or damages were reported.