MASON CITY | Officials say building safety features and a quick response kept a fire at a Mason City senior living complex from turning into a tragedy.
Firefighters learned of the blaze at 5:56 a.m. Saturday at Shalom Tower II, 321 Fourth St. N.E. They were dispatched to investigate an automatic fire alarm controlled by the building's sprinkler system.
The fire was located in an apartment on the fifth floor.
Crews performed search and rescue on the sixth and seventh floors, and made sure three floors -- the fifth, sixth and seventh -- were evacuated, according to a Mason City Fire Department statement issued Monday.
The rest of the building also was evacuated.
Firefighters say the blaze was contained to bedding and a bed, although there was smoke damage throughout the apartment.
Mason City Fire Marshal Jamey Medlin said the fire would have been far worse had it not been kept in check by the building's sprinkler system.
The quick actions by emergency responders, which also included the North Iowa CERT, also made a difference, he said.
"There were no life-threatening injuries to occupants of the building, and residents were able to return to their apartment(s) later that morning or by early afternoon," he said in the statement.
Owned by Good Shepherd, Shalom Tower 2 a 48-unit complex with residents who are age 55 and older.
Officials say 44 residents were assisted during the fire.