Hays + Sons Completes Large-Scale Repairs on Apartments Ravaged by Fire in West Lafayette, Ind. in April
INDIANAPOLIS – At 5 a.m. on April 24th, a fire broke out at the Riverbend Apartments on 202 S. River Road in West Lafayette, Ind. The three-story building contained 32 apartments and all tenants were students at Purdue University. The fire claimed the life of 22-year old Cody Day, who was staying with his friends when the fire broke out.
Hays + Sons was called to the scene at 8 a.m. the morning of the fire, though the West Lafayette Fire Department had not yet released the scene due to the fatality. Hays + Sons was able to begin temporary repairs to the building to prevent further damage on Friday, April 25, 2014.
“The Hays + Sons team was very quick and prompt to help us button up the building and secure the residents’ belongings when the fire was first put out,” said Jay Humrickhouse, manager of the Riverbend Apartments. “They were very conscientious and courteous towards the residents and the difficult time they were going through.”
Because of a history of fast, trustworthy work with student housing in the area, Hays + Sons was chosen to begin large-scale demolition on May 21. In total, Hays + Sons rebuilt 8 units in 10 weeks: 4 4-bedroom townhouses and 4 2-bedroom apartments.
As a result of the tragic loss, the city of West Lafayette required the installation of an updated fire detection system throughout the entire building, which included a main control panel that gives the heat and smoke sensors direct contact with the fire department. This new system eliminates the need for anyone to call 911 and allows a quicker response by emergency services in the hopes of saving lives.
“Throughout the process, they understood we were under a very stringent timeframe to get the residents back in before the start of the Purdue school year,” said Humrickhouse. “They worked diligently and professionally to get the job done – and we got our residents back in on time.”
Hays + Sons is continuing to finish minor items and all tenants are moved back in to the complex.