One dead, 20 rescued in 2-alarm apartment fire in Central West End

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- One person has died and 20 people were rescued after a two- alarm fire swept through a Central West End apartment building. The fire started shortly after 8a.m. at the building located in the 4900 block of McPherson Avenue. Fire crews initially received a call for a fire on the second floor with one person trapped. The first crew on the scene asked for a second alarm due to the size of the building, which holds 50 apartments. According to Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, all units were occupied at the time. Those 20 residents were rescued from the third floor. The chief says they could not escape from the second floor due to the heavy smoke in the building.

Six people have been transported to an area hospital for treatment. One person is listed in serious condition.

Fire officials are not calling the fire suspicious.