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Stillwater firefighters rescue three during apartment fire Thursday

Three people were rescued from the second-story of a Stillwater apartment during a fire Thursday morning two blocks east of the Oklahoma State University campus. Three dogs died in the fire.
by Silas Allen Modified: January 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013
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— Firefighters rescued three people during a blaze at an apartment building Thursday morning in Stillwater. Six Oklahoma State University students were displaced after the fire.

Fire crews responded about 7:50 a.m. to a fire at a four-unit apartment building at 111 N Duck St., two blocks east of the OSU campus.

The building's ground floor was engulfed in flames, Battalion Chief Tommy Miller said. Heavy black smoke was billowing out of a second-story window, he said.

Firefighters evacuated three people from an apartment on the second floor, Miller said. Those residents were taken to Stillwater Medical Center, where they were treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Stillwater Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins said the fire was caused by a candle that was left burning in a bedroom.

All occupants on the first floor had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, Miller said. Three dogs on the first floor died in the fire, he said.

American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma Region volunteers are working with the students to provide assistance, spokesman Ken Garcia said.