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Wheelchair-bound man trapped in smoke after apartment fire in Fort Lauderdale – WSVN 7News | Miami news, weather, sports

Fort Lauderdale, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters have rescued two people in a wheelchair from an apartment fire in Fort Lauderdale, but one of them had to be rushed to the hospital to inhale smoke.

The Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crew responded to the scene along Northeast Avenue at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday evening, after receiving a call about the fire intensifying through the complex.

Two wheelchair-bound men were rescued from separate apartments, but the crew had to transport one of them to get them out.

“Where there is a fire, it is the victim we have located and transported,” said Michael Hicks, chief of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion.

About 26 firefighters helped families who live in the apartment community.

The fire broke out in a house on the first floor. Raymond Freeman lives on the second floor, and he knew better to ignore the alarms set off in the building.

“At first I went to sleep. Then I said, ‘No, you better get up’. “I got up and saw that there is smoke here, there is smoke.”

Footage from 7SkyForce shows firefighters helping families.

Ray Bennett hopes he can go home soon.

“There was a fire next door,” he said.

Bennett was the second person to be rescued.

“They dragged me through the house,” Bennett said.

Firemen are still investigating what caused the fire.

The Red Cross is expected to help 10 people who were displaced by the fire.

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