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Man hurt in Martinsburg fire

March 13, 2004|by TARA REILLY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -One man was taken to City Hospital for burns and three people were rescued from a second-floor roof when their three-story apartment building on West King Street in Martinsburg caught fire, city Fire Capt. Steve Canby said.

Emergency dispatchers received the fire call at 8:22 p.m., a dispatcher said.

Canby said that when crews arrived at 3111/2 West King St., the building was filled with smoke, and they found a man with burns in a second-floor apartment.

Two adults and one child, who escaped from the burning building by exiting onto on a second-floor roof of the building next door, had to be rescued with ground ladders, Canby said.

The man was taken to City Hospital's emergency room. The three people rescued from the roof were not injured, Canby said.

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Other people in the building, which contains six to eight apartments, got out of the building on their own and were not injured, Canby said.

Canby said firefighters had trouble finding the fire through the smoke, but when they did, they were able to put it out in about 10 minutes.

As of about 10:30 p.m., crews still were on the scene and no more information was available.

The Martinsburg Fire Department and the Martinsburg Police Department are investigating the fire.

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