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Two hurt in Elizabethton apartment fire

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:48:15 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 13 2013 10:54:13 AM CDT
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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

UPDATE, 9/13/2013, 11:50 a.m.: Officials tell us the fire was started when one of the residents of the building fell asleep in a recliner while smoking a cigarette. She was also on oxygen, which contributed to the blaze. 

That woman suffered serious burns and was taken to Vanderbilt hospital. She is currently in critical condition, but we're told she is stable and conscious.

We'll have more details for you as they're available.

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The Elizabethton Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire which sent two people to the hospital Thursday night.

It started at an apartment building on West H. Street a little before ten o'clock, but the fire department was able to extinguish those flames fairly quickly.

Elizabethton City Manager Jerome Kitchens tells News 5, two people were taken to the hospital.  One suffered a broken leg after, authorities say, they jumped from a window to escape.  Another person has second degree burns.

Kitchens tells us four families are without a home and the Red Cross is helping provide them with a place to stay.

There's no word so far on what caused this fire, or where it originated inside the building.