Apartment fire sends two to hospital


An apartment building was evacuated after a fire broke out in Brockway.

It happened around 10 p.m. at Toby Terrace in the 700 block of Main Street.

One patient was brought to the helipad in DuBois.

The fire started in Room 215 in Building B, where there was smoke showing outside and fire inside the apartment, Brockway Fire Chief Jeff Fustine said.

“The lady was found in her bedroom. She was passed out, smoke inhalation. She was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital. Life-flighted,” says Fustine.

“Everybody is accounted for and we’re still working with the families and the Red Cross to make sure they have a place to stay,” says Jefferson County Housing Authority Deputy Director Steve Mehok.

The building has 16 single-occupancy units and was evacuated for the night, Mehok said.

Three people were being helped by the Red Cross at the nearby Presbyterian Church, while others went to stay with family, Mehok said.

There was smoke damage in the upstairs hallway and the woman was not burned, Fustine said. He says one Brockway firefighter was treated and released for smoke inhalation.

The cause is under investigation and the fire marshal is expected on Saturday.

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