Marysville firefighters were prepared for apartment complex fire….
“When a couch caught fire early Sunday on the second floor of the complex, they were ready. The call came in at 1:07 a.m. from a resident, Phil Ragsdale, who has lived in the complex for about three years. Ragsdale said he heard smoke alarms and stuck his head outside to investigate. Thick, black smoke was pouring into the hallway.
Ragsdale called 911 and ran down the hall, pounding on doors and shouting “Fire! Fire!”
Not 20 minutes later, Ragsdale said, flames were shooting through the roof.
“The fire just spread like it was poured on gasoline,” he said.
There are 47 units in Windsor High Rise, and at 1 a.m. Sunday, when the complex caught fire, all but two were occupied. Many residents had made their way to the lobby, but some were stuck in their apartments.
“We had people hanging out their windows, and knocking on their windows to have us come help them,” Riley said.
Firefighters brought five people down on ladders. They took seven to the hospital, all with minor injuries related to smoke inhalation or chest pains. Riley said he thought that all had been released.”
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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