One resident was transported to the hospital and others were checked at the scene for smoke inhalation following a Tuesday morning fire at the Deerbrook Apartments in Hillsboro.
The Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District said it received a call reporting the fire at 10:48 a.m. at the apartments located on Willetsville Pike.
Upon arrival at the scene firefighters found heavy smoke coming from one apartment and fire shooting from the same apartment’s door and windows, a fire district spokesperson said.
“The one apartment was pretty much involved, but the fire was contained due to the fire walls on each end,” the spokesperson said.
The adjacent apartments had minor smoke damage.
The resident of the apartment was asleep when the fire started, but was awakened by fire alarms. She was transported to Highland District Hospital for smoke inhalation, according to the spokesperson.
A few other residents were checked out by life squad personnel, but were not transported, the spokesperson said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Paint Creek, which was handling a car wreck and squad run when the fire call came in, was assisted at the scene by fire personnel from Lynchburg, Leesburg and Marshall. The Wilmington Fire Department also responded with its tower vehicle, but it was not used.
The spokesperson expressed Paint Creek’s thanks to thank all those who provided mutual aid, along with the American Red Cross for helping residents of the apartments who were temporarily left without power.
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