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Crews rescue 2 from Henrico apartment complex fire

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Feb 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-02 07:37:01-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Eleven people were displaced after a fire at an apartment complex Wednesday afternoon in Henrico County near Regency Square Mall.

Henrico Fire Department Captain Jim Mellon said the fire started around 2:30 p.m at the Nottingham Green Apartments near Pemberton and Quiocassin.

Mellon said the fire started on the in a first-floor unit and quickly spread to the three other apartments.

Two people were rescued from the blaze. Crews used a ladder truck to reach a man on the second floor.

A woman was taken to VCU Medical Center a precaution for smoke inhalation.

Folks who witnessed the blaze described the scene as chaotic and confusing.“We heard a couple of explosions – and the fire was big. It was coming… roaring out of the windows,” said Jamari Lews.

Additionally, Lews told CBS 6 News’ Jon Burkett that he ran downstairs to help an elderly woman get out of her apartment.

Shama Ralph also witnessed the fire. He said he called 911 after flames blew out several windows. A few minutes later, he spotted a man climbing out of a window.

Ralph also captured video of the fire on his cell phone.

The Red Cross is assisting the victims who were displaced after the fire.

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