Man suffers smoke inhalation in fire


One man was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in his Bloomfield Gardens apartment Sunday afternoon, according to city fire officials.

Rome Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Reilly said an apartment neighbor at 320 E. Bloomfield St. heard the alarm and smelled smoke in the hallway. The chief said the neighbor discovered the fire in the apartment of John Potter, and they called 9-1-1 at 5:20 p.m. Sunday and fled the building.

“The fire was contained to the one apartment. The contents were pretty much destroyed,” Reilly stated. “The other apartments did have some smoke damage.” The chief said Potter suffered some smoke inhalation when he went back to his apartment to rescue his cat. The neighbors were assisting him out of the building when Reilly said he arrived on the scene.

Deputy Chief Reilly said the cat was located in the apartment later by firefighters. “After the fire was out, we found the cat. He was fine,” Reilly stated. “We gave him a little oxygen.”

Potter was also treated at the scene with oxygen before being taken to Rome Memorial Hospital by AmCare Ambulance, authorities said.

The fire took about 12 minutes to knock down, the chief stated. One crew of firefighters battled the flames while other firefighters searched each of the four apartments to make sure all residents had gotten out.

The residents were temporarily displaced so that fire crews could check the building’s alarm system, Reilly said. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities said the fire is believed to have started in Potter’s kitchen.


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