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Apartment complex saved from Almeda Drive Fire

Residents at the Anjou Club in Talent say that the complex is still standing because of the property managers.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 12:08 AM

TALENT, Ore.--- Residents at the Anjou Club in Talent say that the complex is still standing because of the property managers.

The Almeda Drive fire burned all the way to a fence on the edge of the complex. One building even caught fire but was not damaged on the inside.

The property managers were able to save the apartment complex by creating what they called a "humidifier dome." They did this by spraying down all the buildings and keeping the sprinkler system running. They also kept up with lawn maintenance throughout the year as added fire protection.

"Keeping the sprinkler going all through the year, like making sure the grass is always green," property manager Celeste Erickson said. "Just that humidity that surrounds Anjou Club was so strong and hopefully that helped [firefighters] in their job that they had to do."

Firefighters came by and helped keep the fire off majority of the property.

"Once the fire department had to move on and keep fighting the front lines, there was still just a little bit going on here and just having someone to come on property and actually get the rest of the fires out and make sure that we didn't keep going was huge," maintenance manager Ryan Erickson said.

When they had to move on, the mangers stayed for as long as they could. Ryan and Celeste tell me this apartment is not just their job, it's also their home.

"Everyone on our staff except for one person actually lives on site so it was more than just work for us it was our homes too so we felt everything the tenants were feeling," Celeste said.

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