Synopsis: A working fire was reported at Grandview Towers - 1000 Fulton Parkway at 5:43pm Sunday evening. A second alarm was called by the Evansville Fire Department command at 5:46pm. EFD units arriving reported heavy smoke coming from top of this multi-story residential structure. Firefighters immediately began evacuating residents, including 2 people that were trapped in an elevator between the first and second floors. Crews found the fire in a first floor apartment and told dispatch a "victim"was discovered in the bedroom of that apartment. The coroner was requested by command. Multiple residents reportedly suffered smoke inhalation and several ambulances were called to the scene. In addition, 3 wheelchair vans from Comaier Services and 6 buses from METS were sent assist transporting residents as needed.
The Red Cross was called to help those displaced by the fire and they have set up a shelter at their headquarters on Stockwell Rd. The entire building will be shut down at least for the night.
Firefighters told command the fire was knocked down at 6:03pm. Crews continued evacuating and assisting residents until about 8:30pm when command said all residents were accounted for. Animal Control and the Vanderburgh County Humane Society were called in for the residents' pets.
Update: The coroner has released the name of the person who died in this fire. The victim has been identified as 66 year-old Gwendolyn Hunt. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
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