In an April 24 press release, Sgt. Mark Denham stated:
An accidental fire at The Parks at Woodmoore Apartments, 8787 Shenandoah Park Dr., located in the City of Shenandoah, occurred at approximately 8:00 PM, April 23, 2009 and caused over $200,000 in damage.
The 8,000 square feet structure is a one story wood frame building and is used by residents of the complex for storing vehicles and personal items. Fire Investigators from both the City of Shenandoah and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. Fast action by both Needham and the Woodlands Fire Departments resulted in a quick extinguishment of the fire resulting in the preservation of a large amount of the occupant’s property that was stored in the building.
According to the City of Shenandoah Fire Marshal Jim Miles, the fire originated from a window mounted air conditioner unit in a storage facility and was determined to be accidental. The building and its contents sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the structure as did the apartment building on the north side of the storage building. A strong wind during the fire caused the smoke to engulf the apartment building to the north resulting in a large number of the apartment units to sustain smoke damage as well.
There were no reported injuries to occupants of the complex or firefighters. The damage is estimated being over $200,000.
Story, photos by Jamie Nash & Scott Engle
April 24, 2009
SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY-Needham Fire and Rescue led the attack on the Thursday night fire at The Park at Woodmoor Apartments in the 8700 block of Shenandoah Park Dr. in Shenandoah.
Needham Chief Kevin Hosler said they arrived to find heavy fire coming from the garage area, which “burned the ceiling and ran the attic all the way down.”
Thanks to a fast stop on the fire, the damage was confined to 19 garage units and 10 small storage units. There were no injuries.
The Woodlands, River Plantation, Bennette and South Montgomery County Fire Departments provided mutual aid.
The City of Shenandoah Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.