COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The American Red Cross is helping residents who were displaced in an apartment fire in northeast Columbus, which is now being investigated as an arson.
American Red Cross Emergency Services Program Director Alex Balkcum says their crews are working with apartment management to move residents into vacant, safe apartments.
Whisperwood Apartments management is currently trying to move furniture and facilitate what they can to get those units ready quickly.
Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says that 8 apartments are damaged from the fire and a total of 15-20 people have been displaced. Units 12-75 through 18-82 were affected.
No residents were injured, but one fireman was hurt and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The temperatures inside the units while officials were battling the flames were estimated to reach 500 degrees. As protocol, multiple stations responded to the scene, allowing firefighters to rotate in order to stay safe.
The American Red Cross gave families money for lodging Thursday night.
Apartment managers are working to prepare vacant apartments in the complex to serve as temporary living spaces for those affected. Those rooms should be prepared by Friday morning. They are also taking clothing sizes for families displaced to get them clothes and will be partnering with local business to furnish those apartments.