UPDATED: Fire forces evacuation of Ventura Place senior living c

UPDATED: Fire forces evacuation of Ventura Place senior living center

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A fire has forced the evacuation of 140 residents from the Ventura Place senior living center in central Lubbock.

The call was made around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon to the facility near 54th Street and Gary Avenue. 

Lubbock Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Kevin Ivy said the fire started on a third floor balcony. Smoke spread through the second and third floors triggering the sprinklers. 

By the time first responders arrived the flames had already been extinguished by the sprinklers.

One person was transported to UMC for smoke inhalation, no others were hurt and all residents have been accounted for.

There is no timetable on when residents will be able to return. Until then tenants are being relocated to a nearby church.

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