No one injured in apartment complex fire

ERIE, Pa. -- A fire at an Erie apartment complex sent several people into the freezing cold Thursday morning.

The temperatures were in the teens, and wind chills were in the single digits, when residents living in one of the buildings at Northview Heights Apartments, 2324 E. 43rd St., were told their building was on fire.

The first 911 call came in just after 3:15 a.m.

Jason Brendel, who lives next to the apartments, went inside and started alerting the tenants.

“I saw flames shooting out of the third-floor and saw smoke coming out from the roof,” Brendel said.

One couple who lived in the apartment under the fire said they heard knocking and yelling and grabbed what they could and headed outside.

“I didn't even have my shoes on,” Amanda Stagg said. “We didn't have our coats on.”

Two occupants of the apartment that was on fire were able to get out OK. The Red Cross is assisting them.

It took firefighters around 30 minutes to knock down the fire. No other apartments were damaged in the fire.

All the tenants -- except those living in the burned-out apartment -- were able to get back inside.

Careless smoking was the cause of the fire, according to fire inspectors. 


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