Tenants injured in Sherman apartment fire
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — At least four people were injured Wednesday morning when fire broke out in a building at the Hilltop Village Apartments in Sherman.
Fire Chief Billy Hartsfield said the alarm went out around 10:30 a.m., and first responders found some residents were trapped.
"We arrived on scene to find several had self-extricated," Hartsfield said. "Sherman Fire Rescue members did rescue one from the second story.
Witnesses said at least one person leaped to safety from the second floor.
Hartsfield said four people were hospitalized, most with smoke inhalation.
"After the rescue efforts took place, we began extinguishing the fire with assistance from Howe, North Texas Regional Airport Fire Department, and Southmayd," the chief said.
Eight units in the complex were declared a total loss, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Tenants of undamaged apartments anxiously waited for the chance to return to their homes.
"They said we had to get with the apartment complex to see when we can go back in after the investigation with the fire marshals," said Jeremy Peterson.
The Hilltop Village Apartments are managed by Apex, the company that has recently been in the news for failing to pay utility bills at some of its other properties.
A fire at the Hilltop Village Apartments in July 2021 claimed the life of a tenant, and 30 residents were displaced by a fire in 2007.