A woman was rescued from a third-floor apartment this morning after a fire broke out below in the building in the 1000 block of Hodiamont Avenue about 10 a.m.
Firefighters used an aerial ladder to rescue the woman, said St. Louis Fire Capt. Dan Sutter. The woman was taken to an area hospital for observation. No one else was injured in the blaze.
A child playing with a lighter set fire to a second floor apartment. The apartment received heavy damage.
Sutter said firefighters were able to bring the fire in the 12-family building under control quickly.
Heavy smoke engulfed the second and third floor of the structure but residents were able to return to their units. The American Red Cross was on the scene assisting residents.