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Apartment complex catches fire, firefighters have to rescue people from third floor

Updated: Saturday, March 1 2014, 09:49 AM CST
UPDATED Mar. 1, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.

LANCASTER -- Assistant Fire Chief Steve Roy from the Lancaster Township Fire department tells CBS 21 that the fire was caused by an unattended candle and damage was about $400,000

Everyone on the third floor was displaced but others were allowed to return. Red Cross is assisting those in need.

Posted by Nate Wardle:

UPDATED 11:15 p.m. ---

LANCASTER -- We have new information regarding the apartment fire in Lancaster Township. 

As we reported earlier, fire crews arrived to see heavy fire from the third floor apartment with multiple residents having to be rescued.

Fire crews from throughout Lancaster County are on scene, as well as the State Police Fire Marshal.

There were people injured in the fire, their injuries are unknown at this time.

Marietta Avenue is closed at President Avenue in the area.

Fire crews are on the scene of a second-alarm apartment fire at the Wheatland Arms Apartments in Lancaster Township.

The fire began around 9:50 and was quickly upgraded to a second-alarm.

The apartment building, located in the 1100 block of Marietta Avenue, is three stories.  The fire was reported in the third story of the building.

At this point there are numerous fire crews on scene and crews throughout Lancaster County on standby for transfers.

There is also a large number of medical crews on scene and several patients that needed to be rescued and treated.

CBS 21 is headed to the scene and will provide the latest information as soon as we arrive.Apartment complex catches fire, firefighters have to rescue people from third floor

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