7 people and 20 pets rescued from the fire of a three-story apartment in Emporia

EMPORIA (KSNT) – Several people and their pets were rescued Friday from a burning Emporia apartment complex.

27 News spoke with Battalion Chief Eron Steinlage of the Emporia Fire Department about their rescue efforts, which began at 9:33 a.m. Jan. 20, for an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Prairie Street in Emporia.

Steinlage said fire crews from Emporia, Olpe and Americus departments responded to the fire, which was burning in a three-story apartment. Firefighters found thick smoke throughout the building and rescued seven residents from their room balconies. During the operation, some 20 pets were also rescued.

The fire was finally put out at 12:36 p.m., and a cat was reported to be the only casualty. The affected residents were taken to the nearby West Side Baptist Church during the situation and are receiving help from the Red Cross, according to Steinlage.

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