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Three people were hurt after breathing in smoke at the six-story Willow Creek Apartments at 1301 South Bleckley.
The two-alarm fire was around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters got to the building, they saw smoke and flames coming from a fourth story window.
Several residents were evacuated to the chilly conditions outside, but firefighters determined it was safe for most people to either stay in their rooms or move to first floor activity rooms.
An aerial platform truck was on the scene in case it was needed for window evacuations, but firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire from the inside.
"They actually made entry inside and worked off a standpipe in the stairwell," said Deputy Fire Chief Tammy Snow. "They connected the hoses, dragged them down the halls and were able to extinguish the fire."
One man was transported in critical condition while a woman received potentially serious injuries from smoke inhalation. A third person received minor injuries and refused treatment.
A nursing supervisor at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis said the two people admitted are in stable condition.