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4 displaced in Ceredo apartment fire

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CEREDO -- Four residents were displaced due to an early morning apartment fire Tuesday in Ceredo. The incident happened about 5 a.m. in the 600 block of 1st Street West.

Ceredo Volunteer Fire Capt. Lonny Muncy said firefighters were able to contain the flames to one apartment in the six-unit building. A second unit sustained heat damage and two others received water damage.

Flames already were coming from the apartment's front window when firefighters arrived on scene. Muncy estimated the height of the flames at 5 to 6 feet.

The fire started in the living room of a two-bedroom unit, which was located on the building's top floor. Its tenant was taken to an area hospital with minor burns to her hand. Muncy said a cause had not been determined, but nothing appears suspicious.

Muncy, who also serves as maintenance man for the apartment complex, said damage to the four units forced as many tenants to be displaced. The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance.

Tenants were allowed to stay in the building's two remaining, unaffected apartments, Muncy said.

The Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department received assistance from counterparts in Kenova and Lavalette.

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