Early morning apartment fire claims one

Liberty Fire Marshal Dustin Paddack comes out of the apartment building at 505 Gallatin St. after a morning fire Tuesday, Feb. 20.

LIBERTY — One fatality has been reported following an apartment fire in Liberty.

Liberty Fire Chief Mike Snider said firefighters were dispatched around 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, to reports of a fire at the North Gallatin Apartments, 505 Gallatin St.

“There was smoke in the building and residents had to be alerted, but smoke detectors were going off,” he said. “Crews went inside and extinguished the fire quickly.”

In about 15 minutes, crews had the fire under control and apartments were evacuated. Snider said the building has six apartments with 10 total people occupying them.

“We have one fatality in the apartment where the fire appears to have started,” Snider said. “The state fire marshal is investigating. No additional information is available at this time.”

Snider said firefighters also were able to fight the fire before the freezing rain started.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630. 

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