One person hurt during a kitchen fire in a Muscatine apartment

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- A Muscatine woman was rescued from a fire at her apartment.

Nearly a dozen firefighters rushed to the 400 block of West 4th Street Thursday night, April 18, after a kitchen fire was reported just before midnight.  According to a statement from the Muscatine Fire Department, the woman inside was taken to the hospital for treatment.

“Lieutenant Roy Patterson and firefighter Reese Hall made entry into the smoke filled apartment and searched for the victim,” Battalion Chief Gary Ronzheimer said. “They were able to locate the victim and brought her downstairs.”

When crews arrived they could see fire through the second-story window on the backside of the building, according to the Muscatine Fire Department.   Firefighters began to attack the fire, and knocked down the main body of the fire in less than 15 minutes.

There was fire damage throughout the apartment and limited water and smoke damage to other apartments, said the statement.  The damages are estimated to be a total of $7,500; about $2,500 of that is damage to the structure and $5,000 is to the contents.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the residents of the building.

No firefighters were hurt during the response to this fire.

The Muscatine Fire Department was assisted by the Muscatine Police Department. Approximately 11 fire fighters responded to the fire, including off duty personnel.

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