Passing motorist pulls woman to safety during apartment fire

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– Firefighters are on scene of a contained two-alarm fire at a complex in west Columbus.

Crews were called to the 100 block of Derrer Height Lane just after 3:00am. They were able to contain the fire before 3:30am.

Batallion Chief Steve Martin says the fire affected four units in the apartment complex. An investigator is on the way to the scene to help determine the cause.

Antwan Cotton said he was driving by the complex when he smelled smoke. He originally thought his car engine was on fire, until he realized it was coming from the building.

He knocked on the door and when he didn’t get an answer, he kicked the door down. He then went down and knocked on all the doors to alert tenants.

Cotton says he came across a door that was already covered in fire, so he went outside. He ended up pulling Cathy, the woman inside, through the window to safety.

According to officials, there were no injuries reported in the fire.

The fire call went out as a three-alarm fire at one point, but Martin says that was a mistake.

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