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A woman who lived at the House Springs Apartments on Spring Creek Road died this morning (May 28) in a fire, High Ridge Fire Protection District Engineer John Barton said.

He said he did not know the woman's age range.

Barton said crews were dispatched to the apartments at 1:15 a.m. after someone reported seeing smoke in the hallway of the building. Crews arrived on the scene at 1:22 a.m., and most residents had evacuated the building, but firefighters were informed that one resident had not made it out.

Barton said firefighters found the victim within four minutes, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said the state Fire Marshal's Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fire.

The Sheriff's Office fire investigator said the fire does not appear suspicious, according to Grant Bissell, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Barton said the victim's apartment was damaged by the fire, and seven nearby apartments had heavy smoke damage.

High Ridge Fire crews were called Tuesday (May 26) to a fire at a home in the 2500 block of Thunder Road in High Ridge, where a man died.

“It is unusual for us to have two fatal fires back to back,” Barton said. “Our thoughts are with the families that are affected.”

Barton said crew members were given the opportunity to talk about any trauma they were trying to deal with after working on the scenes of the fatal fires.

He said the Red Cross was called to help residents find places to stay.

Barton said firefighters were on the scene until 5:25 a.m. The Eureka and the Cedar Hill fire protection districts and the Big River Ambulance District helped with the call.

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