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Apartment fire injures one, displaces several

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

A fire broke out early Monday morning on the fourth floor of the Brown Proctor apartments on South Main Street in Winchester. The building was an historic hotel.

"First units on the scene reported seeing some light smoke coming from the building on the fourth floor," says Winchester Fire Chief Eric Hunter.

Everyone evacuated the building as Winchester firefighters battled the flames.

Many did what they could to help others to safety.

"One lady was having problems with her oxygen, so I got her in a wheelchair so we could get her out of there," says Debbie Miller, who lives on the second floor.

The man living in the unit where the fire started went to the hospital with injuries. His apartment was damaged by fire, and a few others have smoke or water damage.

Miller's apartment was one of them. She couldn't stay in her apartment overnight. She and the others forced out are hoping for the best, and hoping to sleep in their own beds as soon as possible.

In addition to the man taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, another person was treated at the scene.

As of Monday afternoon, Winchester firefighters say the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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