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Man jumps out of window to escape apartment fire

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A man was taken to the hospital after fire forced him to jump from his apartment window Thursday night.

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department was called to the Landings at Forest Acres apartments on Covenant Road just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters say food was left on a stove in a first-floor apartment, causing flames to rise into the unit above. 

A man in the upstairs apartment jumped from a window to escape the flames. Everyone else made it out safely. The victim was taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries. 

Firefighters say a mother and her four kids living in the downstairs apartment are getting help with living arrangements from the American Red Cross and the apartment complex management.  

Three adults were displaced from the upper apartment, including the man who was taken to the hospital.   

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

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