A bug bomb set off by a resident of the Touchette Elderly Apartments in Centreville on Friday led to a response from multiple fire departments, the Camp Jackson fire chief said.
About midday, firefighters responded for a possible structure fire to the apartments at 5880 Bond Ave. after a fire alarm was activated, Chief Chris Davis said.
Initial crews saw smoke, but someone had set off some bug bombs, Davis said.
Firefighters did not immediately locate the resident who set off the bug bombs.
Crews used fans to ventilate the smoke from the building and no one was hurt, Davis said.
Firefighters from Cahokia, Church Road and Alorton also responded to the call.
“We had a lot of haze, we thought it was smoke, and I called for my second alarm,” Davis said. “That’s the way we operate. The first truck comes out with minimal manpower, and we have to call for help.”