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Blaze, smoke damage apartments; 1 hurt, 40 evacuated

Julie Crothers
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Michelle Davies

Fort Wayne firefighters carry children away from Baldwin Creek Apartments on Sunday morning after a fire damages several apartments. About 40 residents were evacuated and one resident was transported to a local hospital in good condition.

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Michelle Davies

Fort Wayne firefighters dump charred insulation from the attic of Baldwin Creek Apartments after a Sunday morning blaze that displaced 40 residents.

About 40 residents were evacuated from Baldwin Creek Apartments on Sunday morning after a fire began in the south end of the building, fire officials said.

When Fort Wayne firefighters arrived about 8 a.m., smoke and fire were visible on the roof of the two-story building, according to fire department spokeswoman Stacey Fleming. And several residents were standing outside on balconies to avoid heavy smoke drifting in from the hallways, Fleming said.

All twenty-four units in building F, at 1920 Hobson Road, are believed to be damaged by the fire, several extensively,she said. One resident was taken to a local hospital for smoke-related illness, but is listed in good condition, Fleming said.

"We have an investigator still on the scene, but from what it looks like there is heavy smoke damage," she said. "We have some residents that will be displaced."

Fleming said early reports show that the fire began in the south end of the building, and extended into the attic area. Fire crews ventilated the roof and were able to have the fire under control by about 8:25 a.m.

The apartment building sustained heavy fire, water and smoke damage, according to a report from the fire department. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Red Cross is at the scene to assist displaced residents, Fleming said.

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