Shortly after 10:30 this morning, Casper Fire-EMS units were dispatched to Saint Anthony’s Manor, located at 211 E. 6th Street, for a reported structure fire. Several residents reported smoke in the building.
Initial investigation by arriving units revealed a fire located in an apartment on the seventh floor of the structure. While the fire was being extinguished, a victim was discovered in the affected apartment and extricated to waiting medical units outside.
The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. Casper Fire-EMS units subsequently extinguished the fire and currently remain on scene ventilating the structure.
Seven units from Casper Fire-EMS responded, along with officers from the Casper Police Department, two ambulances from Wyoming Medical Center, and a logistical support vehicle from Natrona County Fire Protection District.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by a cooperative effort comprising of investigators from Casper Fire-EMS, the Wyoming State Fire Marshall’s Office, Natrona County Fire Protection District, Evansville Fire-EMS, the Casper Police Department, and the Natrona County Coroner’s Office.
The identity of the victim will be withheld pending family notifications. Wyoming Medical Center EMS transported an additional patient from the scene for treatment and evaluation, the condition of that patient has not been reported.
Fire damage was limited to the affected apartment, and residual smoke is being cleared by units on scene.
No resident displacements have been reported.
Casper Fire-EMS would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to review their own plans for escaping a fire. For residents in apartments or other tall buildings, be sure you are familiar with your building’s escape plan.
Escape plans should be posted in places where everyone can see and review it, and building managers are encouraged to hold fire drills at least once a year. Identify all the exits in your building, and know which ones to use if the main way out is blocked.
Remember, never use the elevator! If your way out is blocked by smoke or fire, the safest option may be to wait in your room for arriving firefighters.