One To Hospital, Several Rescued In Maryland Heights Fire

Four-Alarm blaze damages three dozen apartments.

Brian Kelly
June 10, 2018 - 11:30 am

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KMOX)-Firefighters had to rescue several residents as fire was heavily damaging a building in the Woodhollow Apartments in the 1800 block of McKelvey Hill Drive in Maryland Heights Sunday morning. One resident was taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation. Others were checked out on the scene.

Maryland Heights Fire Captain Robert Daus tells KMOX when firefighters got there at about 7:15 am, flames were coming from the second and third floors and had reached into the attic. "At that point the fire starts to progress very quickly, once it gets up into the attic area. People were self-rescuing. The alarm system did go off. Firefighters entered and started to evacuate people."

Daus says some tried to get out their front doors, but smoke in the hallway forced them back. "They went back out the balconies of their apartments. Those were quick ground/ladder operations where we quickly put a ladder up. Firefighter goes up rescues and bring them down to the ground."

A couple of units were destroyed but Daus says with the smoke and water, most of the building's 36 units have sustained some damage.

Some 100 firefighters from several departments battled the blaze. 

The fire's cause is under investigation. 

 

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