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Firefighters hurt battling West End apartment fire

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 07:09:00-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Two firefighters suffered minor smoke-inhalation related injuries as they battled an apartment fire at the Copper Spring Apartments in the 3200 block of Copper Mill Trace, Tuesday afternoon. Henrico Fire unit were dispatched to the complex at 12:27 p.m.

"First units arrived within three minutes and found heavy smoke and fire from one of the apartments. All the residents of the affected apartment building escaped without injury," Henrico Fire Lt. Joe Power wrote in an email. "Firefighters worked fast to control the fire and prevent further damage and was fully controlled within an hour. Crews are working with the Henrico Fire Marshal’s Office to determine a cause."

The fire damaged eight units total. The Red Cross is helping apartment residents impacted by the fire.

"Check your smoke detectors on a regular basis to ensure they will work properly and change the batteries twice annually," Powers offered as a reminder.

The Copper Spring Apartments are a few blocks away from West Broad Street, near Pemberton Road in Henrico's West End.

This is a developing story.