Authorities respond to a fire at the John B. Hughes apartment complex. Andrew Jansen/News-Leader
Fire crews work the scene of a fire at the John B. Hughes apartment complex on Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017.(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)Buy Photo
Officials say everyone escaped unharmed after a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at a Springfield apartment complex.
Springfield Fire Chief David Pennington said firefighters were dispatched to John B. Hughes apartments near Clifton Avenue and High Street just before 2 p.m. for a working fire.
Pennington said fire crews and residents worked to get everyone out of the building, and firefighters were then able to get the fire under control.
At least nine fire trucks and about a dozen other emergency vehicles responded to the scene.
A fire marshal was on scene Wednesday afternoon to investigate how the fire started.
Pennington said at about 3 p.m. there was no power to the building and he was not sure when residents would be able to return home.
Shannon Smiley lives in building where the fire occurred.>Buy Photo
Kelly Sneed, left, talks with Shannon Smiley who carries his stuffed dog Kilo away from the scene of a fire at the John B. Hughes apartment complex on Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)
Smiley said he heard smoke alarms and had firefighters bang on his door just before 2 p.m.
Smiley said when he went out into the hallway of the building it was filled with smoke. He could not tell where it was coming from.
Smiley said a firefighter carried his 3-year-old daughter out of the building and he went back for his prized possession, his stuffed dog Kilo.
Pennington said the initial information dispatchers received is that a child was trapped inside the building, but a maintenance worker was able to carry the child to safety.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInFire at John B. Hughes apartment complex> Fullscreen
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