Condo Complex Fire Contained to One Unit; One Injury Reported

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – One woman is hurt after a fire destroys a St. Charles county condo. The flames broke out early Monday morning.

Firefighters got the call about 5:45am Monday for a fire inside one of the units at the Sherman Park Condominiums on South Wisteria Drive just off Highway 94.

The fire quickly grew to two alarms.

Residents were awakened by the fire.

“I heard some glass breaking and I heard some pops so I got my husband up and he could see the flames and the reflection across – I’m two units down – and we called the fire department and they said they were already en route,” said concerned resident Jess Krantz-Welge.

Another resident, Paul Brown, added, “The flames were coming out. We have a tree right there so of course we’re thinking I hope it doesn’t get on the tree, then come over here. But yeah it was pretty bad.”

It took about 35 minutes to get the fire under control as 30 to 35 firefighters from three different departments battled the flames.

Investigators say one woman lived in the unit that caught fire. She was home when the fire started and was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Authorities say the set up of the condos made fighting the fire challenging.

“You got condos that are facing each other. There’s no access to the front of the building, had to hand lay hose lines into the front of the building; only access we have for a truck, the rear so access was a little difficult,” said chief Russ Mason with Central County Fire and Rescue.

Several condos were evacuated as a precaution.

Investigators say the resident in the unit where the fire took place indicated it started in the living room.

Residents are just thankful nobody was seriously hurt.

“You can replace property. I’m just glad the person who was in there only sustained minor injuries because again you never know,” said Brown.

Authorities say a cause is still under investigation, but nothing appears suspicious.

The adjoining units to the one that caught fire suffered smoke damage, but fire walls helped prevent the flames from spreading to any additional units.