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140 residents evacuated due to fire at senior living community near 50th & Gary

Emergency Medical Task Force 1 has arrived on the scene (Source: KCBD) Emergency Medical Task Force 1 has arrived on the scene (Source: KCBD)
The fire was reported at Ventura Place retirement and senior living community (Source: KCBD) The fire was reported at Ventura Place retirement and senior living community (Source: KCBD)
Fire reported at structure near 50th & Gary Ave (Source: KCBD First Alert Tower Cam) Fire reported at structure near 50th & Gary Ave (Source: KCBD First Alert Tower Cam)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a 2-alarm structure fire near 50th and Gary Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.

The call came in just before 2:30 p.m. from Ventura Place, a retirement and senior living community. 140 residents have been evacuated from the building.

Officials with Lubbock Fire Rescue say the fire started on a balcony on the third floor. The sprinkler system kicked on, contained the fire and nearly put it out. The second and third floors are still filled with smoke, and rooms have suffered water damage, so the residents will not be allowed back in for some time.

One woman was taken to the hospital by EMS for slight smoke inhalation.

The Emergency Medical Task Force 1 bus was called to the scene as a precaution and to assist the residents. Officials took residents to the Lubbock Seventh-Day Adventist church and asked families of the residents to come pick them up.

The electricity and water have been shut off in the building. A family member of one of the residents says there is water damage to the apartments from the sprinkler system.

Residents of the first and second floor have been allowed to return, but there's no timetable for when residents of the third floor will be able to move back in.

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