KENTON — Four people were injured in an early morning fire Tuesday that destroyed an apartment building.
Two people were flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Columbus while two others were taken to a local hospital, said Kenton Fire Chief Russell Blue. Blue did not have the names of those taken to the hospital or their conditions available. The two taken to Columbus had serious injuries, he said.
The fire was reported at 5:38 a.m. at the Scioto Village Apartments at 1037 S. Main St., on the south edge of town, Blue said.
Twelve of the 16 apartments in the building had fire damage. Blue estimated the cost of the damage will approach $1 million.
The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to assist in the investigation. A cause has not been determined and remained under investigation late Tuesday. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office also was assisting in the investigation, Blue said.
It took Kenton firefighters and firefighters from surrounding departments, Mount Victory, Dunkirk and Forest, about 90 minutes to put the fire out, Blue said.
Many of the people inside the building were sleeping when the fire started. Luckily, all smoke alarms were working and alerted people, which allowed everyone to get out, Blue said.