March 2, 2015 - The Fort Wayne Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 2000 block of Drexel Ave. First arriving crews found heavy smoke coming from the one story home with all eight of the home's occupants already outside. Crews made entry and found fire in a bedroom of the home. Firefighters were able to contain the fire and place it under control in seven minutes. The structure sustained minor fire and water damage and moderate smoke damage. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
March 1, 2015 - It is with great sadness the Fort Wayne Fire Department announces the passing of Firefighter Nate Mills. Mills passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date. The family is asking for privacy at this time.
Statement from Fire Chief Eric Lahey –
“The Fort Wayne Fire Department mourns the loss of firefighter Nate Mills. Nate fought this battle as he served this department: with grace, dignity, courage and unwavering determination to make a bad situation better. While he is no longer with us, he will undoubtedly be remembered by all who knew him. The family is asking for privacy at this time, but please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
February 28, 2015 - The Fort Wayne Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 300 block of Fleming Ave. E. First arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire showing throughout the two story home. Four of the home's occupants were assisted by a neighbor and were already outside prior to FWFD's arrival. The occupants were able to tell arriving crews, despite their attempts to reach, one juvenile was still inside. Crews made entry, located and pulled the child to safety. Once outside, firefighters provided medical assistance until medics arrived on scene and took over patient care. One adult and one child were transported. The adult was treated for minor injuries and released. The child was transported in critical condition. At the time of this report, no further condition updates have been provided.
Firefighters were able to control the fire in approximately 32 minutes. Communications, FWPD, TRAA, NIPSCO, AEP and Neighborhood Code assisted at the scene. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
February 18, 2015 - Communications dispatched the Fort Wayne Fire Department to the 900 block of Lake Ave. after multiple reports of a structure fire. Crews arrived on scene of the two story home that houses two 2-story apartments (938 Lake Ave. and 940 Lake Ave.) and found heavy fire and smoke coming from both the first and second floor with extension into the attic/roof area. Crews worked to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading to neighboring structures in close proximity. Witnesses reported one person self-evacuated from an apartment prior to FWFD's arrival and sought treatment at a local hospital for minor injuries. No one else was home at the time of the blaze and no other injuries were reported. Crews took 40 minutes to bring the fire under control. At the time of this report, crews remain on scene overhauling and will continue to be rotated. FWPD, TRAA, Neighborhood Code, Nipsco, AEP and Rehab Unit 70 from St. Joseph Township Fire Department assisted on scene.
February 17, 2015 - Concerned neighbors reported a possible house fire in the 3000 block of Pittsburg Street this morning. Fire crews arrived in the area and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of a one story house. Crews made entry and were able to contain the fire to the kitchen area of the home. The structure sustained moderate fire, water and smoke damage. No one was home and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.