Artern (dpa/th) - Two people were seriously injured in an apartment fire in the Kyffhäuser district. According to the police, there was a fire in a semi-detached house in Artern on Thursday afternoon. The fire brigade was on site and put out the fire. A 66-year-old and a 65-year-old were taken to hospital with serious injuries suspected of smoke inhalation. An 87-year-old was slightly injured in the fire. The three residents had previously tried to extinguish the flames themselves. The damage to the building is estimated at at least 15,000 euros. The police are investigating the cause of the fire.