Apartment fire in Elizabethton injures two people - WRBL

Apartment fire in Elizabethton injures two people, smoking determined to be the cause

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ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) -

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.

A cigarette ignited an apartment fire Thursday night in Elizabethton, according to the City of Elizabethton's Fire Marshall Captain Jack Buckles.

The fire left a woman badly burned and five others temporarily homeless.

It happened around 10 p.m. in a first floor unit at 715 West H. St. At an old house that was converted into apartments.

Captain Buckles said it started in the bottom left apartment where a single female in her fifties lived.

Her apartment is where Buckles said a cigarette ignited some bedding.

Investigators found two large oxygen tanks inside the woman's apartment.

She is currently at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville for burn treatment.

"The word that we got from the hospital is that she had first, second and third degree burns to her arms, her hands her abdomen, lower back and some burns to her head," said Buckles.

Buckles said the victim sustained the burns from trying to fight the fire.

Two other people jumped from the second story of the house to safety.

One of those individuals broke their foot and possibly their leg, according to Buckles.

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Investigators say someone smoking caused an apartment fire in Elizabethton that injured two people.

According to the Elizabethton Police Department, officers and the fire department went to the apartment fire around 10 p.m to find the apartment building on the 700-block of West H. Street engulfed in fames.

Police said two people were injured as a result of the fire. Officers even said one of the people who received injuries was reported to have escaped the fire by leaving out of second story window. Police said that person received several broken bones.

Officers said emergency crews took those two people to area hospitals.

Investigators said someone smoking caused the fire after bedding in the apartment was ignited.


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Two people were injured in the apartment fire Thursday night, Elizabethton's City manager said.

One of the injured people appeared to have broken bones after jumping from a second floor of the home, Jerome Kitchens said.  He told News Channel 11's Mike Lamia the other person suffered from burns.

Firefighters continued dealing with "hot spot" in the burned apartment house Thursday night into Friday morning.

Look for updates on News Channel 11 starting at 4:30 a.m.


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Emergency workers are treating people injured in an apartment fire in Elizabethton Thursday night.

The fire started around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of West H. Street.

There we unconfirmed reports of multiple injuries.  Firefighters say a person was burned and that a person had a broken leg after jumping from the second floor of the apartment building.

News Channel 11's Mike Lamia is at the fire scene.  He saw people being taken from the apartment building on stretchers.

Look for a report at 11 p.m. on News Channel 11.

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