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People narrowly escape fire at Middletown pub, apartments

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A massive early morning fire at a pub and apartments in Middletown is now under control.

The fire broke out around 3 a.m. at Demp's Corner Pub at the corner of Main and Race Streets. The flames also affected several apartments that are attached to the bar.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they encountered a tremendous amount of smoke and flames. Initially, people were trapped inside the structure, but it appears everyone was able to make it to safety.

John Brown said he quickly realized the smoke and flames were too intense for him to leave his apartment through normal exits. He ran to the window of his second floor unit and saw strangers urging him to jump to safety.

"I was perched on the roof, they just said 'go ahead and jump...we'll catch you," Brown said. "Boom. They caught me. That was it."

In addition to that assistance, one of the men gave John the sweatshirt off his back.

It took firefighters about an hour to get the flames under control. An unofficial count estimated about five or six people are displaced because of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting those affected.

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