Moraine apartment fire under investigation

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UPDATE @ 4:18 a.m.

The Moraine Fire Division is still investigating an apartment building fire on Pensacola Boulevard Wednesday evening.

Firefighters rescued a resident from a bedroom window on the second floor.

“Smoke was going up,” said Doug Hatcher, the Moraine Fire Division fire marshal. “They were not able to make it down the stairwell.”

There are indications that the resident inside the apartment where the fire started, tried to extinguish the fire, Hatcher said. When he was unsuccessful, he alerted other residents.

“The best thing to do when you find a fire like that, is get out,” Hatcher said. “… Alert the building as much as you can, then get out. Call 9-1-1.”

The fire started in the front room area of the apartment inside the three-story building which includes a basement, Hatcher said.

No serious injuries have been reported.

It is unknown whether smoke detectors were installed inside the apartment.

“Crews did a nice job of getting in there and knocking the fire out real quick,” Hatcher said.

The Red Cross has been contacted to assist some of the residents.

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m.

Multiple medics have been requested to the scene of an apartment fire in Moraine.

The conditions of any victims is unknown.

Our crew on the scene observes the fire is out, but one apartment is damaged by fire.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.

Marshall Gorby/Staff
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Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

Crews are called to a report of a fire tonight with rescues underway at a Moraine apartment building.

The fire was reported around 11:35 p.m. in the 4800 block of Lauderdale Drive.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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