Updates From Mount Pleasant Fire Chief

Just after 5:30 this morning (Wednesday) Mount Pleasant Fire Department was dispatched to North Palm Avenue to the Chesapeake Apartments. Flames were visible from a second story apartment. There was smoke and a minimum amount of water damage. 12 firefighters responded with an engine, the tower truck and the command vehicle and were on the scene for about an hour and a half. Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Drew Schumacher praised a neighbor who ran to check on the tenant and reacted quickly, closing the door so the fire could be contained in the single apartment.

The fire crews were busy late Tuesday afternoon.  At about 4 pm Tuesday they were called to 307 W. Vine where Alliant Energy workers were doing core drilling and apparently cut a service line. Two engines, the command vehicle and 10 firefighters were on the scene for about 20 minutes.  Gas contractors were able to shut off the gas and avert any further problems. Firefighters were called out again at 5:20 pm to the Mount Pleasant HyVee for a freon leak. Two engines and 10 firefighters were on the scene for about 15 minutes.  And then….an hour after that an engine and the tanker responded to a car fire on Iowa Avenue south of Mount Pleasant.  It was determined that a pile of pallets was on fire, not a vehicle.