ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A woman was rescued from a burning apartment complex in St. Petersburg Friday morning and was airlifted to a local hospital with a trauma alert status.
Firefighters responded to a fire at 5:26 a.m. at the Wave Apartments located at 3315 58th Ave. S.
When firefighters arrived, black smoke was coming from an apartment building.
Rowan Smith who is neighbors with the woman who was burned said at first he thought it was a false alarm.
“I started getting phone calls from other residents that there was something really bad going on so they were evacuating the second floor when I started getting the downwind of it,” said Smith.
He also added he’s worried for the victim.
“I’m really good friends with the girls who live there. The one girl is up in Tallahassee right now and as far as I know they took the other one to TGH. I’m not sure the severity of her injuries right now but I grabbed her dog.”
The fire marshal said this fire could have been much worse, but the proper systems in place made it easy for fire crews to put the flames out.
“It’s a very important thing that fire safety systems in buildings are working properly and that appears that is the case today. I just want to emphasize to everyone else that has large buildings like this that they’re responsible for, maintain your fire sprinkler systems, maintain your fire alarms because it can save lives as we can see here today,” said Fire Marshal Michael Domante.
19 firefighter units responded to the fire.
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