MARTINS FERRY - A woman and her pets escaped injury after a fire broke out in her duplex apartment's kitchen at about 10 a.m. today.
Martins Ferry Fire Chief Mike Reese said no one was injured in the blaze that firefighters knocked down quickly inside the structure, located at the corner of Hickory and Eighth streets. The fire started in the kitchen, but Reese said he needed to interview the residents before he could determine the cause.
One firefighter twisted his knee while putting on his gear.
Martins Ferry firefighters respond to a kitchen fire at this duplex on Hickory and Eighth streets this morning.
firefighters break a window to gain access to the second floor.
He was taken to a hospital emergency room for treatment.
"Both apartments did have working smoke detectors," Reese said of the duplex.
He noted Cumberland Trail Fire District's ladder truck responded because Martins Ferry's ladder truck is out of service for repairs. Cumberland Trail was on automatic response because of the out-of-service vehicle. Reese said the department responded quickly.
A police officer at the scene said she saw a man enter the apartment to save the woman's bird. The woman's cat and dog also escaped unharmed.
Neighbors gathered around the scene and watched as firefighters erected ladders to the second floor windows of the structure, which appeared to have newer vinyl siding and shingles on its roof. Smoke could be seen coming out of the windows and roof vent. Reese said the other side of the duplex received little damage.