The tenants of eight units evacuated after the Nov. 14 Blair Place Apartments fire have returned to their residences, while tenants of the remaining six units have found housing elsewhere in the complex.
Holden Bradley, the regional manager at AMC LLC, which manages the property, said he could not provide a definitive answer on when people who were living in the six damaged units will be able to return to their homes.
The tenants evacuated midday Nov. 14 after a third-floor apartment of building 245 caught on fire, setting off sprinklers across the 14 units. The blaze spread to the neighboring unit.
The building’s sprinkler system acted as the first line of defense prior to the arrival of 40 firefighters who responded from stations in Jackson, Adams Canyon, Hoback, Wilson, Teton Village Road and Teton Village, according to Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Mike Moyer.
“Fire originated on the third-floor balcony areas and has damaged those two top apartments with fire up through the roof, as well, and into the attic,” Moyer added.
Twelve of the 14 apartments escaped fire damage, but some of those 12 were water damaged.
Within a few days, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS officials determined that the fire was accidental, and they believe it was most likely started by a gas grill.
“This was an accidental fire,” Fire Marshal Kathy Clay said in a Nov. 17 press release. “The most probable cause of the fire was the LPG gas grill.”
Clay had previously asked the public for tips to help her complete the investigation into the fire’s cause. In the press release, she thanked people who provided reports and videos of the fire and said multiple other possible causes were ruled out through the course of the investigation.
“This is a good reminder to make sure your fire alarms and sprinkler systems are in working condition, because they do make a difference,” Moyer said.