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Person flown to Louisville hospital with injuries from Evansville fire

Dispatch: Crews respond to Evansville house fire
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 9:33 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 7:46 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - One man was flown to a Louisville hospital after an apartment fire in Evansville Thursday night.

The fire broke out on the 400 block of East Franklin Street.

Officials said the call originally came in around 9:09 p.m.

Officials on the scene told 14 News there was a lot of low-hanging smoke in the area that was so thick they had trouble identifying which house was on fire.

They say the house that was burning was a four-unit building with two apartments upstairs and two downstairs.

Three of the four apartments were occupied and officials say the fire started in one of the second-floor apartments.

They say the person who discovered the fire had broken out the bedroom window upstairs to escape.

Firefighters say they were trying to rescue the person when they jumped to the sidewalk below.

Officials say that person suffered injuries from the fall and had burns down parts of their body.

They say the person was taken to Deaconess before being flowing to a hospital in Louisville.

Fire crews say they were able to put the fire out in about 30 minutes.

Investigators ruled this as an accidental cooking fire.

CenterPoint Energy workers were called to the scene to shut off gas lines to prevent the fire from getting worse.

Red Cross was called to help residents who are displaced.

One man, Bobby Parris, told 14 News that he was across the street when he heard a cry for help. Parris said he tried to get to the second floor, but the smoke was too dense.

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