MOUNT CARMEL — A woman was pulled from the second floor of a burning Oak Street apartment building by firefighters and transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for apparent smoke inhalation on Sunday.

A call reporting heavy smoke at 221 S. Oak St. was made about 2:45 p.m. Fire Chief Jack Williams said the woman was carried from the second floor, where the fire is believed to have started. She was taken down the stairs and out of the front door.

Williams wouldn't speak to the condition of the woman, but emergency communications indicated she was initially unconscious and that she did not appear to be burned, but probably was suffering from smoke inhalation. Life Flight was alerted, but the female soon thereafter was reported to be conscious and breathing on her own. She was transported to Geisinger by ambulance.

Another person was assisted out of the building from the first floor, and sustained no injuries. All other occupants in the first and third floors were able to get out on their own. 

Williams said he believes a person on the first floor called in the fire, and firefighters arrived to heavy smoke. Flames were contained to the second floor, with the front end of the building sustaining most of the damage. The fire may have started on a couch, based on emergency communications from the scene.

Ladder trucks from Shamokin and Mount Carmel were used on the second and third floors to light the building through windows that were smashed out or opened to ventilate smoke.

The fire was under control in approximately 30 minutes, according to Williams.

State police fire marshal Kirk Renn is expected on-scene later today to investigate a cause.

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