Fire at Winston-Salem apartment complex displaces 13; sends 2 children to hospital

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- At least 13 people were displaced in an overnight apartment fire in Winston-Salem, according to Chief Darren Southern with the Winston-Salem Fire Department.

The fire broke out at an apartment complex located at 135 Weatherwood Court in Winston-Salem around 1 a.m.

Several people were injured in the fire, including two children. An infant and 8-year-old were both taken to Brenner's Hospital for further evaluation.

Two adults jumped from the second floor of the building to escape the flames.

Fifteen fire departments responded to the scene and it took about 30 minutes to put the fire out. An outside stairwell was the only access in and out of the apartments and that made fighting the fire difficult, according to Southern.

Southern said overall the fire caused about $75,000 in damages.

Fire Investigator Jason Councilman said he believes the fire started because a stove was left on in one of the upstairs apartments. The apartment where the fire started was right next to the only exit for tenants on the second floor.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.

This is the second large fire at the same apartment complex in less than a year.