DECATUR — A woman was rescued from a Decatur apartment building fire through a window as crews battled a kitchen fire Thursday night.

In a news release, the Decatur Fire Department said a fire was reported at 10:49 p.m. in an apartment building in the 2400 block of North Water Street with occupants possibly trapped inside.

Crews arriving on the scene just four minutes later found heavy smoke coming from the lower level apartment with a fire in its kitchen, the fire department said. A female resident of the opposite side lower level apartment was rescued through a window by firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation. She refused transportation to the hospital, the fire department said.

The fire department said the occupant of the apartment in which the fire originated fled the scene and did not return.

The fire was quickly extinguished, and the apartments were ventilated. Other occupants of the building were able to return. The fire department said the woman who was rescued was staying with family at another location. 

Four engines, a ladder truck and 20 firefighters responded to the fire, and crews cleared the scene at 12:23 a.m. Friday morning.

The fire department said unattended cooking on a stove top was the cause of the fire, which remained under investigation. Smoke detectors in the building were not functioning, the fire department said.

A damage estimate to the building was unavailable, and no other injuries were reported.

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