Columbus apartment fire displaces at least 18 families

Columbus apartment fire displaces at least 18 families

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)  - A Columbus apartment fire has damaged several units and left a number of people with no place to live.

Twenty units were heavily damaged at Sherwood Arms Apartment on Sunday, March 12. The fire started in unit 12-A on the second floor of the building.

The Red Cross says they are communicating with the families of those 20 units. Many of those families were at home at the time of the fire.

"I was in my apartment with my best friend cooking and my best friend saw the fire trucks and she said homie somethings going on out there and I ran outside and when I got outside," said Dietrice Dare, a resident.

"So far we have made contact with 18 families and we're working with them individually case assistance we will provide them financial assistance for these next few days and help them with their recovery process," said Executive Director Red Cross Adelaide Kirk.

Sunday night many of those families stayed with relatives. The Red Cross provided shelter for three people who needed a place to stay.

Sherwood Arms Apartments says they are placing many of their residents in vacant apartment units.

Chief Ricky Shores of Columbus fire says a cause is unknown.

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