Firefighters save apartment residents from balconies after fire in Maryland Heights


by Elizabeth Eisele/

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:20 PM

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( -- Firefighters are investigating a fire at a St. Louis County apartment complex that trapped several residents inside, unable to make it to safety.

Maryland Heights firefighters said about a half dozen residents of the Pheasant Run Apartment Complex had to use their apartment balconies to escape the fire as it blocked access to the staircase.

Firefighters said the fire started in a pile of debris that was being stored underneath the staircase leading to the lower level of one of the apartment buildings. Firefighters said they were able to contain the fire to one building in the complex.

“In this situation they did the right thing. Don’t try to jump off your balcony. Don’t try to climb down,” said Maryland Heights Fire Captain Robert Daus, “That is the safest spot for them, we’ll come get you. In this case we knocked the fire down, and put it out, and they were fine.”

Firefighters did report minor smoke damage to the inside of two apartments in the building, but said none of the residents were displaced.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Pheasant Run Apartments are located in the 2000 block of Lakerun Court.

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