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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Woman suffers smoke inhalation during two-alarm fire

Posted: October 26, 2013 - 2:56am
Updated: October 26, 2013 - 3:06am

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews were called to an apartment building fire in the 200 block of Pinecone Drive early Saturday.

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The fire was reported just before 2:20 a.m. at 269 Pinecone Drive. A resident reported black smoke coming from the second story of the building, but did not know what was on fire. The residents of the address reported that everyone had made it out safely. Two dogs were said to still be inside.

Lawrence Police arrived on the scene and quickly confirmed that there was black smoke coming from the building.

A responding Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical division chief upgraded the incident to a second alarm response for additional manpower.

Firefighters arrived to find black smoke pushing from the second floor windows of the two story apartment building and began to make their attack.

Crews had the fire knocked down in just under 10 minutes and reported the fire to be under control about five minutes later.

Medics transported a 44-year-old female resident suffering from smoke inhalation, to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported.

Firefighters located and removed one dog from the building and requested a representative from the Lawrence Humane Society be contacted.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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