At 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Hastings Fire Department was called out to the 1500 block of Florence Street in response to a fire at an apartment complex.
While en route, the Fire Department received multiple calls of smoke and that a person could hear someone yelling for help. Upon arrival, fire had broken through the building's exterior windows. Hastings police officers were able to gain entry into the building and evacuate three units of the building. At the time, a child that resides in the unit in flames was unaccounted for. Within 15 minutes of being on scene, responders discovered the child had left with a parent prior to the fire.
The fire was extinguished and all residents of the apartment building were accounted for and unharmed. A cat in an apartment across the hall from the unit in flames was administered oxygen with a pet oxygen mask. The building owner transported the cat to a veterinary clinic and the cat is recovering well at this time.
Damage estimates and the cause of the fire are still under investigation, but the fire originated in the living room of an upper-level apartment, said Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt.