By Devese “Dee” Ursery
MARYVILLE — The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating an apartment fire that claimed the life of Victor P. Nalli, 67, of Maryville late Wednesday night.
The Maryville Fire Department, at 3:40 a.m. on Dec. 20 responded to a fire that left one dead at a multi-family apartment complex in the 800 block of Patty Drive, in Maryville. The Troy Fire Protection District also assisted with automatic mutual aid on the call.
According to a press release from the MFD, a neighbor, in apartment E of the small apartment complex called the fire department to report the smell of smoke. MFD was first on the scene and after noticing smoke coming from the roof vents a box alarm was sounded bringing the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District and the Collinsville Fire Department.
Upon arrival to the scene crews were made aware that there may be someone inside of apartment F, the apartment that was on fire. After entering the residence firefighters began search and extinguishing efforts. Nalli was discovered in the bedroom of the residence, according to Fire Chief Doug Dankenbring, MFD.
According to Dankenbring, the fire was confined to the one apartment with significant damage inside of that apartment only.
“The fire started in the bedroom of the one-bedroom apartment,” Dankenbring said. “The victim was found near the bedroom door, inside the bedroom.
After discovering Nalli and removing him from the premises he was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, in critical condition, where he would succumb to his injuries. Accommodations were made for the other residents of the five-unit apartment complex with the help of the American Red Cross.
Officials said that although there were fire alarms in the apartment, they didn’t notice them sounding off when entering.
The Maryville Fire Department reminds everyone that working smoke detectors save lives.
“Make sure that your smoke alarms are tested monthly, batteries are changed every six months and that the detector is less than 10 years old,” Dankenbring said. “If your detector is due for replacement, we recommend a detector with a 10-year sealed battery.”