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Two apartment fires within minutes of each other

By Will Nash | April 11, 2013

Two separate apartment fires occurred in the Belmont Heights area on Tuesday evening, April 9th.

At 9:13PM, Fire Department units responded to an apartment fire on the 1600 block of East 3rd St.. Units arriving on-scene found fire and heavy smoke coming from an upstairs apartment and were told that the upstairs tenant was trapped inside. Fire personnel made entry and began a search while extinguishing the fire. Fortunately, the tenant broke a window and exited the second level, falling to the alley below, suffering some cuts and abrasions. She was treated and transported to LB Community Hospital by Paramedics. Fire was confined to the initial apartment, and was started by food left on the stove.

There was also an apartment fire across the street from St Anthony’s Church.  At 9:23PM a second apartment fire was reported on the 600 block of Olive Ave. Fire units arrived on-scene and found fire and heavy smoke coming from a ground level apartment. They accessed the apartment and began extinguishment and a search for victims. The apartment tenant was seen in the area prior to the fire but was not in the apartment during the fire. The fire was extinguished and contained to the initial apartment. This fire is currently under investigation by the LBFD Investigations Unit. No one was injured at this incident.

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