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Deputy hospitalized, residents evacuated after Marathon apartment fire

Cause of early morning fire under investigation

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MARATHON, Fla. – A deputy was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and residents at a Florida Keys apartment complex were evacuated after an early morning fire.

The fire started about 2:40 a.m. at an apartment complex on Sombrero Road in Marathon.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said deputies arrived to people outside the building telling them a child was still inside one of the apartments.

The three deputies and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found heavy smoke coming from the locked apartment. As they were using a pry bar to try to open the door, a man carrying a child ran outside.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the flames in about an hour's time.

Residents in all eight apartments were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze.

All three deputies were treated at the scene, but one of them was taken to Fisherman's Hospital for further evaluation.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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