Brittany Village Fire Victim: "I thought I was a Goner"

Published 01/31 2012 08:35PM

Updated 01/31 2012 10:41PM

ST. JOSEPH, MO. --  More than two dozen renters remain displaced after an intentionally set fire at a St. Joseph apartment complex.

While everyone inside made it out with little to no physical damage, the scars of the fire are still fresh.

"It felt like I was breathing in ash. I thought I was a goner." Holly Hurd replays Sunday morning over and over again in her mind.

"I honestly thought I was going to die," she told KQTV. "I couldn't breathe and I was going to collapse."

Hurd was the last victim to be rescued from the third floor in a fire at Brittany Village that left 25 homeless and destroyed 12 apartments.

"The fire department didn't know we were in there," Hurd said "We kicked out the window in the living room and they put a ladder up."

Hurd says the friend she was visiting woke her up when he heard a little girl screaming.

"Smoke started billowing and filled the entire apartment," she explained.

While the fire inspector said Brittany Village had working alarms and was up to code, Hurd gives credit to her friend for making it out alive.

"I don't know if there are smoke alarms," she said. "I sure as hell didn't hear one."

Hurd made it to the ground with a burn to her arm and internal smoke damage which makes it hard to speak.

"There is a lot of fluid and blistering on my lungs and vocal cords," she said.

The fire did about 300,000 dollars in damage.

Hurd said Brittany Village has offered new units to the residents displaced.

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