A woman was taken to the hospital Monday night after firefighters rescued her from her burning residence at Gleneagles Apartments.
Firefighters were called to the complex on Polo Club Boulevard at 6:04 p.m. because a private alarm was indicating water flow, said Maj. Chris Harrod of the Lexington Fire Department.
When they arrived, a resident approached firefighters and said there was water coming down into an apartment. As they investigated further, they found that the sprinkler system had been activated and was keeping a fire in a third-floor apartment in check.
“When the crew went upstairs they could hear someone yelling for help,” he said. “They had to force open the door.”
Harrod said he did not know the extent of the woman’s injuries, and the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
Scanner traffic indicated the woman suffered second-degree burns after being in a bed that was on fire.
About six apartments sustained water damage, Harrod said.
He stressed that, for safety’s sake, it is important for people to evacuate when there are alarms going off or a sprinkler system is activated. He said only about half of the residents had evacuated the apartments.