Woman rescued from burning apartment building in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A woman was rescued from the second story of a burning apartment building Monday morning in Fayetteville, fire officials said.

Fayetteville Fire and Emergency Management Department responded to a report of a commercial structure fire in an apartment complex just after 8:30 a.m. at 412 Oakridge Ave. Emergency communications received numerous reports of a person trapped on the second floor of the building.

According to fire officials, crews arriving on scene saw that smoke was showing from the building and then requested a second alarm.

Firefighters were able to quickly rescue a woman from the second floor of the building. The fire was put out shortly after the woman, identified as 55-year-old Elysa Lenczyk, was rescued, fire officials said.

Lenczyk was removed through a window in her apartment by way of a fire department ground ladder. She was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and is expected to be released Monday afternoon.

A dog was treated on scene for smoke inhalation and was taken to the vet by family. The dog is expected to fully recover. A cat was also found in the apartment that caught fire and was found to be found in good condition.

Officials conducted an investigation and determined to be an accident caused by combustibles being too close to the candle.

The combined damage to the building and its contents is estimated to be around $15,000, officials said.

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