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Volunteers from at least five local fire companies were called to an apartment fire on Rice Road in Elma this morning, Erie County sheriff’s officials reported.

Firefighters responded to a 7:08 a.m. report of a fire in a first-floor apartment at 1271 Rice Road, near Highland Drive. All occupants had fled from the building by the time firefighters responded.

Authorities closed a section of Rice Road to allow access for the fire trucks.