Posted October 11, 2013 EST
Downtown Fire In Galveston Leaves One Dead
An early morning fire in Galveston sent people scrambling to escape from the third floor of a burning building. Officials say at least one person has died in the blaze.
The two-alarm fire broke out around 5am on 21st Street at Post Office right off of Moody Avenue. A total of 26 firefighters responded to the scene and found heavy smoke.
There were reports of people trapped on the upper floors of the five-story Justine Apartments building, which has a grocery store on the first floor.
According to Galveston Fire Department officials, the building only has one entrance and one exit, making it difficult for people to escape. Firefighters had to get people out of the stairwell before they could even reach the flames.
GFD says five people and their pets were trapped in their apartments. Due to the thick smoke, they couldn't find their way out. Crews used the fire escape to help them all to safety.
Four of those victims were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The fifth person was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officials tell us the man who died lived in the unit where the fire started.
The fire has been extinguished and crews are inside the building as the investigation continues.
It's unclear what started the fire and how much damage it caused.
Written by ABC13.com (KTRK-TV)