GENESEO – Investigators determined that the cause of Saturday’s fire at the Highlands Apartments on Meadow Drive was an overheated dryer.
According to a press release from Geneseo Fire and Ambulance Chief Andrew Chanler, the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management determined the cause of the fire. The emergency call went out at 11:35 a.m. and the fire spread quickly.
“Assistant Chief Steve Zabrocki arrived within one minute of the call and reported an apartment fire,” said Chanler. “In less than five minutes, apartment 31 was fully involved with fire and extending into adjacent apartments.”
Firefighters contained the fire within half an hour.
They Lakeville and York Fire Departments assisted at the scene. The Livonia Fire Department and Avon Ambulance stood by at Geneseo’s hall while Geneseo was at the scene.
Kevin Niedermaier, Livingston County’s Director of Emergency Management, investigated with Deputy Coordinator Tom McGory.
No one was injured but the fire led to the building being condemned, displacing five families.
As soon as the smoke filled the air, neighbors from other buildings rushed to help the tenants of Building 4 and continue to pull for these displaced tenants with an online clothing drive that is picking up steam.