The Leader staff
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 1:40 p.m. Sunday to 56 Liberty St. for a reported structure fire.
Chief Matt Glashauser arrived on scene to discover smoke showing in a three-story building with apartments on the upper two floors and businesses on the first, department officials said.
Glashauser then requested a second alarm, which brought the Bath VA, Kanona, Hammondsport and Pulteney departments to the scene and Savona to man the Bath station in case of another call. Bath Ambulance and AMR Advanced Life Support were also dispatched with Bath Fire. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems were called to turn off the utilities to the building.
Bath Village Police officers were first on scene and ran into the building before firefighters arrived to evacuate all the tenants in the building.
The interior crew made their way to the third floor and ran into heavy smoke conditions in the hallway.
The first two interior firefighters made entry to the apartment and could hear someone making faint noises.
Officials said they found the occupant of the apartment, who suffered from burns and smoke inhalation, and pulled him out of the room and to the top of the stairway.
He was taken down to the street level where Bath Volunteer Ambulance and AMR started treatment. A Life Flight helicopter was requested to meet them for a transfer.
The fire crews inside the structure were able to locate and stop the progression of the fire and conduct a thorough overhaul to make sure the fire was completely extinguished.
The Steuben County Fire Investigation Team was called into investigate the cause of the fire.
That investigation is still ongoing.
The Red Cross was called to the scene and fire officials say they are housing tenants that have nowhere else to go until the building can be made inhabitable again.
The fire was called under control at 2:29 p.m. and all units were clear at 5:36 p.m., Bath Fire Department officials said.