Chesterfield: Firefighters Rescue 10; Burn Victim Hospitalized

One firefighter was hospitalized with a shoulder injury.

A 2-alarm fire early Friday at an apartment complex in Chesterfield just off Highway 40/64 Exit 19, started in a ground floor apartment of a 10-unit building, officials said.

Monarch Fire Protection crews rescued 10 residents, and evacuated all 21 residents from the building at 1663 Wishwood Court in Schoettler Village Apartments.

A person from the apartment where the fire started is in stable condition at an area hospital, with smoke inhalation and burn injuries, according to Monarch Fire Marshal Roger Herin.

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Apparently, when paramedics arrived at the large complex of apartments after a call for an ambulance, they found a fire under way, and called for hose trucks, about 2 a.m. Friday.

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In the meantime, firefighters went in to rescue residents, officials said, without the safety of water hoses on the scene. They set up ladders to 2nd-floor balconies outside.

"They then forced open some of the doors on the ground level and floor above and evacuted several residents," Herin said in an email.

"Fire was venting out of the ground level unit and extending into the unit above and into the attic via the eave," Herin said.

"When fire suppression crews arrived to attack the fire, they were successful in stopping further progression of the fire. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with a minor shoulder injury—he was treated and released," Herin said.

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