Elderly woman dies in Plattsmouth fire at senior living facility

September 24, 2018

One person died, another was injured and dozens of residents were displaced after a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Plattsmouth on Saturday night.

An elderly woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Mike Wood, Plattsmouth’s chief of emergency medical services, said Sunday.

One person was taken by ambulance to a hospital after suffering smoke inhalation, Lt. Jon Hardy of the Plattsmouth Fire Department said.

The victims’ names weren’t released Sunday.

Several others were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, Wood said.

A resident of South Park Apartments, 1302 S. 10th St., reported the fire about 9 p.m. Residents, many using walkers and wheelchairs, were evacuated. Residents helped one another out as firefighters were on the way.

The fire was isolated to a single apartment on one end of the complex, Hardy said, but heavy smoke filled about half of the facility. The cause of the fire was not released Sunday.

The Red Cross helped residents find shelter elsewhere. Some family members took displaced residents to their homes, and school buses transported those without immediate arrangements to Plattsmouth High School .

Hardy said everyone who lived in the facility was accounted for.

Theresa Stanley came to South Park Apartments on Saturday night to pick up her mother-in-law, Norma. Stanley said the Fire Department called to tell her that her mother-in-law was safe but that residents were being evacuated.

“It was really scary,” Stanley said.

Rescuers went back in the building to get her mother-in-law’s medication and her cat, Jaffy, before Stanley took them to their home just outside Plattsmouth.

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