Major fire destroys four apartments, leaves three families homeless

BY Jan Murray

Major fire destroys four apartments, leaves three families homeless
Three families are now displaced after a major fire totaled a four-unit apartment building off Donnell Boulevard in Daleville Sunday afternoon, March 6.Fire units from Daleville, Clayhatchee, Level Plains and Fort Rucker responded. It took about an hour-and-a-half for firefighters to contain the blaze.The apartment building is part of a complex known as Oaks Apartments which is near the Fort Rucker gate. Lt. Stacey Austin of the Daleville Department of Public Safety said no one was home when the fire ignited and no one was injured.Austin also said that officials are unsure of the exact location the fire began, but because of the heavy damage in the kitchen areas of both upstairs units, it is believed the fire began in one of the kitchen areas where all major appliances are located.The entire building will likely be declared a total loss, said Austin, as the upper floors collapsed onto the lower apartment units. Once the floors collapsed, the Fort Rucker Fire Department used its ladder truck to reach over the rooftop, then cut through the roof of one of the units in order for firemen to be able to fight the massive blaze.It took more than an hour-and-a-half for the fire to be brought under control, said Austin. More than two hours after the main fire was extinguished, firemen were in one of the top units punching through what was left of interior ceilings and walls to find hot spots, which they did.The American Red Cross was immediately called into assist the families.
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