When a Niagara County sheriff’s deputy arrived at a reported apartment fire in the city of Niagara late Friday night, the deputy found flames shooting from the third story exterior wall and roof.
Residents shouted from a third-story balcony that they were trapped and unable to evacuate.
But patrols and firefighters were able to force their way in through a locked exterior door and get all the tenants and pets out, the sheriff’s office said. A 28-year-old woman suffered what the sheriff’s office called “apparent, non-life-threatening burns” and was transported to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.
The fire, which broke out at 10:23 p.m. in an apartment building at 3143 Bellreng Drive, was extinguished by members of the Niagara Active Hose Company, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, and service companies. St. Johnsburg and Bergholz Fire.
The building sustained moderate fire and smoke damage.
The Niagara County Cause and Cause team is investigating the fire.
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The three-story garden-style building where the fire started also has a twin structure next door at 3131 Bellreng Drive, property records show. Both structures were built in the early 1970s and have 49 units combined, covering approximately 38,000 square feet of rental space.
The property was last traded in 2005 for $1.175 million, records show.