Two people were rescued and one firefighter was injured during a fire at an apartment building in Bristol on Friday morning
The fire broke out on Meadow Street at 3:24 a.m. , forcing residents to rush from their beds to safety.
One person who suffered burns to much of his back was rescued from a stairwell and transported to a hospital, officials said. No information is available on his condition.
Firefighters rescued one person who suffered smoke inhalation from the second floor using a ladder. Medics checked the resident for smoke inhalation at the scene and the person did not have to be transported, according to a firefighter at the scene.
Dawn Crockett said she heard someone yelling in one of the apartments, so she ran in the house, got dressed, came back out and the hallway was full of smoke.
“By then, the firemen were coming up and his apartment was engulfed in flames,” she said.
One firefighter was also transported to a local hospital as a precaution to be evaluated for smoke inhalation and has since been released.
The fire damaged one apartment, but others have smoke and water damage and 15 people have been displaced.
The Red Cross is assisting adults from eight families residents and officials said it’s not clear how long the residents will be out of their homes.
“They’re putting us up for two nights, depending on what floor you’re on. Nobody is going back in the building. It’s scary. Now we don't know what we have and what we don’t have,” Crockett said.