COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More than 30 residents have been displaced after a fire at Woodcliff Apartments on Oakley Drive in Columbus on Sunday.
Traffic was diverted from St. Mary's Road as fire crews assessed the scene. Our crew on the scene reports that nearby trees were also on fire at one point.
Chief Lang with the Columbus Fire Department said 17 units were affected, leaving 15 families, a total of 35 people, without homes. He also said that by the time firefighters noticed there was a fire next door, the fire had already moved to the attic of one of the apartment buildings.
Columbus Fire Chief Ricky Shores said Monday that the fire started in one of the apartment units and sparked the grass fire. The fire did not start from a grass fire that traveled to the apartment building as previously reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Many of the residents tell us they saw the fire spread from behind the building before moving into the front.
One firefighter was injured when a piece of sheetrock fell on him, striking him in the neck and shoulder. He was taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK.
The Red Cross was on the scene providing pizza for the firefighters and families Sunday. They also ensured that displaced families have a place to stay Sunday night and on Monday.
At this time, the Red Cross is assessing the damage and the needs of the families and will provide long-term resources as needed. Counselors are also on the scene for mental and emotional support.
This is a developing story; stay tuned for more details.