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Apartments burned

January 30, 2003

Americus -- More than two dozen people are homeless after a fire destroys an apartment complex.

Residents of Murphy Mills Apartments are taken inside what's left of the complex one by one to see the extent of their loss.

The fire started about 3:00 Thursday afternoon. A resident saw smoke coming from a wall, and ran next door to call for help.

It took firefighters 90 minutes to get the fire put out. The fire chief said it took so long because the flame was so hot. Eight of the 12 units were destroyed, but no one was hurt.

The Red Cross is providing food and shelter for those who need it. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical, inside a wall. The fire chief says the blaze started in an outlet, or in the main service cable.

A fire unit from Plains assisted Americus Fire Department, and volunteers were on duty at the Americus fire station.

posted at 6:25PM by dave.miller@walb.com