A fire at an apartment complex in Marathon overnight send one deputy to the hospital for smoke inhalation and caused an entire building at the complex to be evacuated.
When Deputies Orlando Alvarez, Ryan Aper and Tyler Blanton arrived on the scene at 240 Sombrero Road in Marathon at 2:40 a.m. people outside the apartments told them a child was still inside one of the two apartments that was on fire.
The three deputies, along with FHP Trooper Perlman found the bottom portion of apartment 10C in flames with heavy smoke in the area and the door to the apartment locked. As they were using a pry bar to try to open the door, a man carrying a child ran out of the door. The officers and firefighters then evacuated the rest of the building – which included a total of eight units - and City of Marathon firefighters began fighting the fire, which was reported as extinguished at 3:23 a.m.
All the deputies were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and Deputy Aper was transported to Fishermen’s Hospital for more extensive evaluation. The county and state Fire Marshals were notified and will be investigating the cause of the blaze.