Man Rescued from Fire in Columbus, GA

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A man with third-degree burns was pulled from his Columbus Gardens apartment just before noon Wednesday and rushed to Midtown Medical Center for treatment, a fire official said.

The name of the resident wasn’t released but injuries from the fire were extensive, said Fire Marshal Ricky Shores of the Columbus Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services. A report on his condition wasn’t available.

Shores said the apartment fire at 425 Third Ave. was reported at 11:48 a.m. Firefighters found the first-floor apartment in flames and it took about 10 minutes to get the blaze under control.

No cause of the fire has been determined but investigators remained on the scene looking for clues into the blaze.

At least 90 residents in the building were temporarily evacuated from the three-story structure until the fire was controlled. They were allowed back into the building more than an hour later.

While outside, many residents stood on the sidewalks or sat in their vehicles near the building.

Jeanne Stevenson, 62, waited in the family’s mini van while firefighters were on the scene. A first floor resident, Stevenson said the fire alarm went off and someone knocked on all the doors. “They asked if we were alright,” she said.

Stevenson, who retired two months ago, said the apartment fire is the biggest emergency she has experienced during her three years at the building.

Another resident said she thought someone may have been cooking to set off the fire alarm. Shores couldn’t specify where investigators were in their probe other than they were still investigating.

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