(Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The cause of an apartment fire near downtown Casper on Wednesday remains under investigation, according to a release by Casper Fire-EMS.

Crews responded with five units and the on-duty battalion chief to the reported structure on the 300 block of North Center Street around 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 7.

Initial units found a fire in the bedroom of one of the apartments, and surrounding residents were evacuated.

The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the room of origin, the release said. Damage to the apartment was minimal.

The department also released the following advice:

Casper Fire-EMS takes this opportunity to remind citizens that working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be located on every floor of your residence, in common living areas, and in sleeping areas.

Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are in good working order. If you have older smoke alarms, change the batteries twice yearly.

Newer smoke alarms come equipped with batteries that may last up to 10 years without replacement — consider purchase and installation of these alarms if your current alarms are approaching the end of their service life.  Casper Fire-EMS