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1 injured in State College apartment fire

Alpha responds to apartment fire in State College

Alpha Fire Company responded to an efficiency apartment fire Wednesday morning along South Atherton Street. A female burn victim was transported to the hospital.
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Alpha Fire Company responded to an efficiency apartment fire Wednesday morning along South Atherton Street. A female burn victim was transported to the hospital.

An efficiency apartment fire at 725 S. Atherton St. left one female with burn injuries on Wednesday morning.

Alpha Fire Company responded to the fire at 8:33 a.m. and reported smoke showing from the rear of the structure upon arrival. The single-story building houses four units.

Assistant Chief Rusty Schreiner said the department responded and extinguished the fire immediately. The fire was contained to the area of origin.

“We got here so quick it didn’t have a chance to really get as bad as it could have gotten,” Schreiner said. “Fantastic response. We just overwhelmed it really quickly.”

Upon arrival, the department found the female had exited the building, and she received medical attention immediately. Schreiner said he believed she was being transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her condition and age were unknown to Schreiner.

Fire marshals from the Centre Region and police are investigating the cause of the fire.

State College police Assistant Chief Matthew Wilson said the individual taken to the hospital was treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Southbound traffic on South Atherton was temporarily diverted.

Centre LifeLink EMS and State College police also responded to the fire.

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