Crews battle massive apartment fire in Ankeny

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ANKENY, IOWA — Fire crews battled a massive fire at an apartment building in Ankeny Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the Walnut Ridge Apartments at 217 NE 12th Street Place at 2:43 p.m.

“When units arrived, they had heavy fire showing from a couple balconies on the third floor. We noticed heavy smoke throughout the building,” said Dan Schellhase, division chief for the Ankeny Fire Department.

Schellhase said the fire was unable to be confined to just one room. Flames spread to the attic and then throughout the roof of the building. The views from Drone 13 show that most of the roof is now gone from the building.

Firefighters got the fire under control in about 1.5 hours.

Crews searched the building and did not find anyone inside. The Ankeny Fire Department is working with the Red Cross and the property manager to make sure all residents of the apartment building are accounted for.

The building does not have a sprinkler system, which is something that could have helped contain the fire, Schellhase said.

“There’s no doubt that a sprinkler system may have stopped or prevented this fire from getting any worse. We do recommend sprinkler systems both in commercial and residential buildings, just for that point,” said Schellhase.

No one was injured in the fire, according to Schellhase. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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