The fire took place at an apartment complex for homeless and disabled veterans. One of the residents was flown by helicopter to Strong after deputies found him in his wheelchair unable to get over the patio railing.
CANANDAIGUA — Two people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a fire Tuesday night at Liberty Apartments, 5251 Parkside Drive.
Donald J. Hines, 60, a resident of the apartment complex, was taken to Strong by Mercy Flight Central for facial and airway burns and smoke inhalation, after being transported to Mercy Flight by Canandaigua Ambulance. Ontario County sheriff's deputies found Hines in his wheelchair on the first floor patio of apartment D5, unable to get over the patio railing. They lifted him over the railing and moved him to a safe location.
Another male resident who entered the apartment to assist Hines also was taken to Strong for smoke inhalation.
Deputies and firefighters from several departments — Canandaigua City, Farmington and Canandaigua VA, along with Canandaigua EMS and ALS — responded to the reported fire in apartment D5 at about 10:09 p.m. The apartment was filled with heavy smoke, with furniture burning inside, according to the sheriff's department. Fire crews moved quickly to extinguish the fire and ventilate the building, and residents were evacuated as a precaution.
Deputies credit residents who were outside, noticed the fire and reported it, and helped Hines get out of his apartment.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation early Wednesday.
The complex is a rental community for homeless and disabled veterans. It opened to residents in February.
Includes reporting from Daily Messenger news partner, News 10NBC