Firefighters knock out the fire in the Hendersonville apartment fire. (April 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -
Four people were taken to the hospital after a fire swept through a Hendersonville apartment complex Friday morning, including a woman who jumped through a window to escape the blaze.
The fire broke out about 4 a.m. at the Ivy Terrace apartments on West Allen Street, according to Henderson County Emergency Management.
Emergency management officials said the four people taken to the hospital had minor injuries and burns.
Hendersonville Fire Chief Dorian Flowers said two of the four injured people will be transferred to the burn center in Augusta, GA. He said at least one person was injured when they jumped from the second floor to the ground to escape the fire.
Timothy O'Day said his daughter, her fiance and her child had to jump from the second story to get away from the fire. He said they lowered the child partially to the ground with a blanket, and the adults jumped to the ground.
Both were injured. O'Day said his daughter broke her back, though it was not a paralyzing break, and her fiance broke his leg.
Flowers said everyone had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived. Though initially firefighters tried to attack the blaze from inside, Flowers said it continued to spread into the attic and had to retreat to the ladder trucks.
Firefighters said six apartments were destroyed in the blaze and five families have been displaced. He said the fire did not spread, only damaging the building and one van.
The Red Cross' disaster action team responded to the fire about 5:10 a.m. to help the displaced families. According to the Red Cross, the four injured were from two families who live at the six-unit condo complex and they are also at the hospital helping them.
The team will help the displaced with potential housing, medication, food, clothing and mental health service needs.
There is no word yet what caused the fire. Hendersonville, Valley Hill and Mountain Home fire departments are on the scene of the fire.
Due to many recent fires in the Upstate and the mountains, the Red Cross of the Western Carolinas said they are in urgent need of financial assistance and additional Disaster Action Team volunteers throughout the region. The public is encouraged to donate or volunteer by going to www.redcross.org or by calling 864-271-8222.
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