One person sent to hospital after apartment fire in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - An apartment fire in Chesterfield County has sent one person to the hospital.

According to officials, the fire was already out when crews arrived to the 4000 block of Hailey Cresent Drive after 5 p.m. Thursday, but the apartment was filled with smoke.

A relative of the occupant called 911, saying she had been unable to reach the occupant by phone. Neighbors heard the smoke alarms, but couldn't get into the apartment.

When fire crews broke into the apartment, they could see the occupant lying in the floor, and quickly removed her from the dangerous smoke conditions.

The woman was transported to VCU Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire crews say a pan on the stove caused a small fire, producing heavy smoke throughout the apartment. It only took crews around 10 minutes to get the incident under control.

Officials say the sound of the fire alarm alerted neighbors to call the 911, which likely led officials to get to the woman in time. Fire officials urge people to make sure they have an operating smoke alarm in their home.

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