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COLORADO SPRINGS – Firefighters rescued several people trapped on the third flood of their apartment building as heavy black smoke filled apartments and hallways, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The first firefighters that arrived on scene of the Shannon Glenn Apartments, located at 320 North Murray Boulevard, rescued at least one person trapped in an apartment with a ladder truck, according to KOAA News 5, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs.

KOAA is reporting that two people were taken to an area hospital for exposure to smoke and residents of a dozen apartments were at least temporarily displaced by the fire.

A neighbor told KOAA that fire originated in a unit adjacent to hers.

"Teresa Ternaprovich told News 5 she heard smoke alarms go off, then saw smoke fill the hallway. She said it was coming from an apartment she believed had been vacated after the tenant's eviction, but Lt. Billapando later said a person and a cat had been occupying the unit," according to KOAA.

KKTV 11 News, the Colorado Springs CBS affiliate, reported most residents were allowed back into their homes by 2 a.m.

Both stations are reporting that the cause of the fire is under investigation and the extent of damage to the 12 apartments that were damaged in the fire is not known.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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