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Fire breaks out at apartment complex

December 30, 2002

Albany - Several Albany residents will start the new year homeless, after a fire swept through their apartment complex Monday morning. The fire at Bethel Housing Complex on Swift Street started around 10:00AM.

Eugenia Robinson and her three children were watching television while a maintenance man worked on a water problem in their bathroom. Robinson doesn't know how the fire started, but she overheard the maintenance man call for help on his walkie-talkie. She grabbed her children and immediately ran from the apartment.

When firefighters arrived, Robinson's apartment and an adjacent unit were on fire. It took about 15 firefighters to extinguish the blaze in just over an hour. Two apartments received heavy fire damaged, and two others received water and smoke damage. Fire officials think an electrical short started the blaze, but they are still investigating.

Posted at 11:39AM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com