Five injured in Turtle Creek apartment complex fire

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Three firefighters, a nurse and one Turtle Creek resident were injured today in a two-alarm fire that gutted a 28-unit apartment complex in the 400 block of Kenyon Street in Turtle Creek, local emergency officials said.

The fire started on the top floor of the complex, although the fire's exact starting location and cause are still under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's office, according to Turtle Creek emergency management coordinator Lou Lantzy. One resident who was overcome by smoke escaped the fire by jumping from the second-floor balcony, Mr. Lantzy said.

"That's probably where he sustained his injuries, and from what I'm hearing none of the injuries were life-threatening," Mr. Lantzy said.

The man, who is in his mid-50s or early 60s, was admitted to a local hospital, although Mr. Lantzy could not specify which one. The firefighters -- two of whom sustained second-degree burns -- and nurse were treated at the scene of the fire and released, he said.

Firefighters from Turtle Creek, Monroeville, Wilkins, North Versailles, North Braddock and Pitcairn responded to the blaze, which Mr. Lantzy said began at approximately 12:10 p.m. and was brought under control at approximately 3:30 p.m.


First Published January 27, 2014 1:06 PM

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