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Valdosta apartment fire strands occupants

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

December 9, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta apartment complex was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday morning.

The call came in at 5:08AM.  A massive fire was quickly spreading through an apartment building filled with people sleeping. It happened at the Spanish Mission Apartments  on Connell Road. 

Firemen immediately responded to the call. Valdosta Fire Chief J. D. Rice told us, "When units first arrived on the scene, they noticed smoke and flames coming from the rooftop of apartment building B, heavy flames showing.  We immediately upgraded to a second and then finally to a third alarm fire because of the amount of fire and the number of occupants that we knew occupied the building."

The damage is extensive, as the building's roof was compromised.  Thankfully, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to that single building.

"We responded with five units, four engine companies, an aerial truck, and a command unit," said Chief Rice.  A total of about twenty firefighters were on the scene, fighting this fire and containing it this morning."

Family members embraced, thankful for the fire department's courageous efforts.  The scorched building making it all too clear that a tragedy was prevented.

Thankfully, the American Red Cross has provided hotel rooms for the stranded occupants.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. This serves as a reminder at this time of the year to make sure space heaters are monitored, and power strips are never overloaded.

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