A woman was killed, a man was injured and a family of three was displaced Sunday night by fire at a duplex on Clays Mill Road.
The duplex was in flames when firefighters arrived about 8 p.m., and there was heavy smoke, Battalion Chief Mark Harvey said.
Firefighters knew a person might be inside and put out the fire quickly, Harvey said. But the woman in the right side of the duplex was dead when firefighters found her.
The woman had home oxygen for an illness, Harvey said.
The man who lived with her was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but was not hospitalized, Harvey said.
The family of three that lived in the other side of the duplex made it out safely but could not stay in the apartment Sunday night, Harvey said. The electricity was cut off after the fire, and the building had severe fire and smoke damage.
Lovelace Ebu said she was in her unit in the duplex with her family when they heard a loud sound like a crash or boom. The man next door knocked on their door and told them to call 911.
Lovelace Ebu’s mother, Lovelace Fanyinka, and brother, Joseph Ebu, were also in the apartment at the time. Fanyinka still has a cast on her arm from an accident that totaled the family’s car on Tuesday, she said. The family doesn’t yet know how badly their side of the duplex was damaged.
Harvey said it did not appear that there were smoke detectors in either unit of the duplex.
“We can’t stress enough the importance of having working smoke detectors at all times,” he said.
Firefighters also worked a structure fire on Castle Rock Way at roughly the same time as the Clays Mill fire. No one was hurt in that fire, Harvey said.