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6 people rescued, 2 firefighters injured in Glendale apartment fire

An apartment at 140 Carr Drive in Glendale caught fire on Thursday afternoon. Authorities said six people were rescued and two firefighters incurred minor injuries during the incident.
An apartment at 140 Carr Drive in Glendale caught fire on Thursday afternoon. Authorities said six people were rescued and two firefighters incurred minor injuries during the incident. Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena firefighters responded to the eight-resident apartment building.
(Tim Berger / Glendale News-Press)

An apartment complex caught fire in Glendale on Thursday afternoon, sending large plumes of grayish-white smoke into the sky.

Firefighters were called out to 140 Carr Drive around 3 p.m. after smoke could be seen billowing from a two-story, eight-unit apartment complex.

Although it’s unknown how the fire started, city spokeswoman Eliza Papazian said it had spread to the basement and first floor of the building.

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Smoke darkens the sky as firefighters battle an apartment blaze at 140 Carr Drive in Glendale on Thursday.
(Tim Berger / Glendale News-Press)
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At least six people, including a child, were rescued from the complex and two firefighters incurred minor injuries, according to Papazian. Three of the rescued residents were treated at the scene while the other three were sent to a nearby hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

In an interview with KABC, Fire Chief Silvio Lanzas said both firefighters fell from the first floor to the basement level of the building.

The pair were immediately rescued and treated at the scene; they have since been released from the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from the Glendale Fire Department.

Authorities said Carr Drive between Broadway and Harvard Street was closed to traffic throughout the evening as emergency crews dealt with the aftermath of the fire.

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In addition to the police and fire departments, members of the Red Cross were also on scene to help residents displaced by the blaze. In a statement on social media, the organization said its Disaster Action Team was on hand to make sure residents had alternative lodgings for the night and to provide emotional counseling for victims of the fire.

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