Today at 3:43 p.m. the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 1520 McCutchen Drive. The Fire Department responded with two 75—foot ladder trucks and eight personnel. Upon arrival fire crews found one apartment in the three story apartment complex with moderate fire and smoke coming through the windows.

Today at 3:43 p.m. the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 1520 McCutchen Drive.  The Fire Department responded with two 75—foot ladder trucks and eight personnel.  Upon arrival fire crews found one apartment in the three story apartment complex with moderate fire and smoke coming through the windows.
“Fire crews made a rapid entry to quickly confine the fire to the apartment of origin,” said, Ron Smith, Fire Chief.  
 At the same time, all 11 apartments in the building were searched for any occupants remaining within the building, but all residents had evacuated safely.  One cat and one dog were rescued from the apartments.  Chief Ron Smith said that due to the extent of the fire, off duty personnel were called with an additional nine firefighters assisting.
Because of the fire and extensive smoke damage, none of the residents were allowed to remain in their homes for the evening. Red Cross volunteers met with those families affected and provided assistance for their immediate emergency needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and replacement medications. Volunteers also comforted and listened to those in need, helping them with long-term recovery planning and connecting them with community resources to the families from Phelps County,  
The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue investigated the cause and origin of the fire and has determined the fire to have been caused from unattended cooking in the kitchen.
 “Our personnel work very hard to protect lives and property and I am honored to work with such professionals,” said Chief Smith.
 He said they would like to extend their appreciation to the Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Ambulance Service, Rolla Municipal Utilities, Rolla Codes Department, American Red Cross, and the Rolla Animal Control.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire.  The apartment complex is owned by Burrell Real Estate.