Crews respond to apartment fire in Huntington

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UPDATE 9:13 a.m. Aug. 13, 2020: The Huntington Fire Department received a call at 5:25 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, for a fire alarm at a large apartment building at 2445 1st Ave.

While fire crews responded to the call, the fire alarm was upgraded to a structure fire. Upon arrival, fire crews found fire blowing out of a second-story window on one side of the building. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to one apartment while rescuing one tenant from a window.

All apartments sustained smoke damage and a few sustained water damage, according to fire officials.

”I looked out the window, you couldn’t see. The hall was completely black, so you couldn’t see how to get out. So, I went to the window and said, ‘please, have, have them help me.’ I was gonna jump out the window,” says Howard Chandler, who was trapped inside his second story apartment. “Getting out safely, that was my priority. I just felt trapped because I’m on the second floor; there’s no other way out.”

Chandler, who is now displaced along with the rest of the residents, says he’s now looking forward to move to Maryland and start a new nursing job in a critical care unit. He says the fire is expediting his moving date. Residents will be allowed to go back inside and gather their belongings once officials are done with their investigation. Chandler believes his belongings are more than likely salvageable.

An investigation remains ongoing. The American Red Cross was contacted to help those temporarily displaced by the fire.

One firefighter sustained a heat-related injury and was treated at the scene by Cabell County EMS.

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Crews are responding to a house fire with reported entrapment in Huntington.

Dispatchers say the fire is at the Winwood Apartment building along 25th Street and 1st Avenue. Dispatchers tell us the the call came in at 5:22 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Huntington Fire Department along with EMS are on scene. No word on any injuries at this time.

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