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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – Thomasville firefighters battled a blaze Monday that destroyed a public housing apartment and forced many people out of their homes.

An apartment in the housing complex on Lester Street caught fire just before 1 PM. A woman was inside when the fire began but safely escaped.

All four apartment units in the building had to be evacuated. There were no injuries but one firefighter was taken to the hospital after suffering extreme heat exhaustion.

"We had to do a trench cut on one of the units because the fire was traveling through the attic," explains Tim Connell, Assistant Chief of Thomasville Fire & Rescue. "Now we have to cover up this big hole in the roof before this storm rolls through."

The Thomas County Red Cross is helping the displaced families with food and shelter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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