Fire at apartment in Lynchburg sends one to the hospital

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The Lynchburg Fire Battalion Chief, Robert Lipscomb, says a person had to be rescued out of their apartment early this morning after it caught fire.

Fire crews got the call for an apartment fire at 804 Greenfield Dr. just before 3:30 Saturday morning. They arrived within about five minutes, and say they quickly rescued an individual.

That person was taken to Lynchburg General, and then flown to Richmond for further treatment of smoke inhalation.

One apartment unit is now unlivable after fire, heat, and smoke damage, resulting in $50,000 worth of damage.

The apartment building had 11 other units, none were affected.

Lipscomb says crews cleared the scene in less than two and a half hours.

He also is asking people to be careful and aware of fire hazards, especially at this time of year. This is the second apartment fire in less than two weeks they’ve responded to that’s resulted in a rescue.