Cigarette dropped on pillow causes Danville apartment fire

16 people displaced in Danville apartment fire (Image 1)
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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - The Danville Fire Department stopped an apartment fire on Monday night.

Crews were dispatched to the fire at Heritage Towers on South Ridge Street at 7 p.m.

The first arriving unit found smoke coming from a second-floor window and smoke in the common area. Firefighters also reported smoke in the hallways of the second floor.

When firefighters entered the apartment where the smoke was coming from, they found a small fire, which they quickly extinguished. The occupant was still in the apartment and she was carried out to the stairwell and then down to the first floor.

The Danville Life Saving Crew checked on her and she did not wish to be transported.

All apartments were checked for occupants and cleared of smoke as firefighters assisted 24 occupants from the second floor down to the first floor.

Firefighters also checked the third and fourth floors for smoke. Most residents of the upper two floors elected to stay.

Fire personnel spent much of the time clearing smoke from the second floor.

The Fire Marshal's Office investigated and found the cause to be a cigarette that had been dropped onto a pillow. After clearing smoke from the building, occupants were allowed to return on the elevators to all floors.

DFD personnel were stationed on each floor to ensure all residents were able to get in their rooms safely. The occupant of the fire apartment will be staying with a friend.

The Danville Life Saving Crew treated five people at the scene and no one required transport.