ANKENY, IA — At least four people were hospitalized after an early morning fire broke out at a three-story apartment building in Ankeny.
The Ankeny Fire Department responded to reports of flames at the Timberland Apartments at Crestbruck on 1010 NE Crestmoor Place just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Crews evacuated more than 35 people from the building; some had to be pulled out of windows.
Ankeny Fire Chief James Clack said at least two people suffered burn injuries and another two suffered respiratory problems. They’re being treated at a local hospital. No one was seriously hurt.
The fire broke out in a stairwell on the east side of the building, according the Ankeny Fire Department.
“The fire went out relatively quickly,” Clack said. “We got water on the fire right away. We were able to get access to it right away. The issue here was smoke damage and smoke throughout the building and trying to make sure everybody got out safely.”
Residents are being allowed to return to their apartments to pick up their belongings, but the heavy smoke damage means they will not be able to stay there until it’s cleaned up. The Polk County Emergency Management is working to help residents find shelter.
Firefighters from Saylor Township, Polk City and Elkhart also worked to put out the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined.