Fire forces evacuation of building at Darmstadt housing area
August 13, 2003
DARMSTADT, Germany — For the second time in the six months her husband has been deployed to Iraq, Mia Gibbs has been evacuated from her home.
A fire broke out Monday in the attic of Lincoln Village housing area Building 4429, forcing everyone out of Gibbs’ building. No injuries were reported.
At Gibbs’ previous housing building, a tree grew into the water main, causing flooding that forced her and her 2½-year-old daughter, Kamilla, to move.
Flooding is not uncommon for Lincoln Village apartments, as well as nearby German homes, said Michael Reid with the Darmstadt Military Community claims assistance.
According to Reid, a handbook warns incoming residents of the chance of flooding.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Bryant, Building 4429 coordinator, said that when he inspected the attic about a month ago, there was not much left in it.
“It was pretty much empty from what I saw,” he said.
The building’s residents had hoped to reopen the attic to use for storage and parties, which many other Lincoln Village residents are doing in their own buildings.
As for Mia Gibbs, she said she is not sure what she will do if she has to move again. But, for now, the families of stairwell C are in local hotels and may be allowed to move back to their homes after a clearer damage assesment can be made.