A large part of the apartment building is in ashes and a vacant business on the first floor received some water damage.By Bryant Reed

BUTLER, Pa. (KDKA) – A woman had to scramble to safety when a fire broke out in her apartment building in Butler County.

A large part of the apartment building on West Cunningham Street is in ashes from an early morning fire in the city of Butler.

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Butler Fire Chief Chris Switala says one woman was inside when the fire started just after 7 Friday morning. He says the call originally came in that she was trapped, but says she escaped thanks to working smoke detectors and a fire escape outside of her window.

“She was able to self evacuate using the fire escape and like I said, she was fortunate that there was a working smoke alarm that alerted her to the fire. That’s what definitely saved her life,” Chief Switala said.

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Neighbor Traci Gaiser said, “I’m very thankful that everybody is OK and that there were fire detectors in there because a lot of these people don’t have them in. It is a necessity with the electrical issues around.”

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One other person lives in the building, but they weren’t home at the time.

A vacant business on the first floor received some water damage.

Right now, the woman is getting help for her losses.

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The Butler Fire Department has asked the state fire marshal to investigate.