Fire damages apartment in Allentown; woman treated for smoke inhalation

Firefighters credit building's fire doors with containing smoke

Author: , Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published: Apr 29 2013 10:41:02 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 02:26:19 PM EDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Firefighters took less than an hour to put out a fire at a high rise apartment building in downtown Allentown.

The fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday in a 3rd floor kitchen of a seven story building with 24 units. That apartment was destroyed, as was much of the hallway, officials said.

All of the residents were able to get out safely, but one woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, officials said.

Fire crews said the fire's smoke was extremely intense and heavy. A 5th floor resident said, when he opened his door, all he could see was smoke. Firefighters led him through the building.

Crews said the building's fire doors actually helped to contain the smoke and credited it for possibly saving lives.

Officials said the building's superintendent made the initial call, but those inside said they could hear shouts of 'fire" coming throughout the building from other residents.