Dozens displaced after apartments catch fire
By Sara Belsole
COLUMBUS, GA – Almost a dozen Columbus families are without a home Tuesday night, after an apartment building catches fire.
It all started shortly after one Tuesday afternoon when one of the apartments a soldier was living in caught fire.
Multiple fire trucks responded to the Rose Hill Apartments on Hamilton Road.
Officials say when they arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the attic area of one of the apartments. Everyone was evacuated safely from the building and two were treated for smoke inhalation on scene.
NBC 38 spoke with the property's rental manager, she says she lives below the apartment that caught on fire and has several oxygen tanks inside.
Fire officials say when it comes to apartment fires, they always come prepared.
“Our response would be 18 firefighters, 2 engines, a ladder, a battalion squad, an ambulance and they had to call in another unit to assist with extinguishing the blaze, so about 25 firefighters,” Fire Marshal Chief Ricky Shores says.
Red Cross was also on scene to assist those living in the building. Officials say tenants can't go back into the building for at least three days.
The cause of the first is still under investigation.