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Apartment complex catches fire
No injuries; damage not yet estimated
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer
An apartment building fire Wednesday evening displaced 11 families but caused no injuries.
The fire at the three-story brick apartment building at 1605 Spruce St. Ext., near the intersection of Druid Lane, broke out around 5:45 p.m. Few flames were visible 30 minutes later, although smoke still could be seen coming from the roof at that time. A two-story portico on the front of the building was charred.
A Martinsville fire truck extended its ladder to the roof and a firefighter used a chain saw to cut through the roof, according to Jeff Adkins of Martinsville, who manages the building for Spruce Street Apartments. Smoke also poured from the roof at the opposite end of the building.
Adkins said early indications were that the fire started in a three-bedroom unit at the top right corner on the back of the building.
The four top units in the building likely had the most damage, he said, and the bottom units likely will have water damage from the fire-fighting efforts.
Henry County Public Safety Director Rodney Howell said Wednesday the cause would not be determined until today.
“It’s still under investigation,” Howell said. “You always consider it accidental first.”
Howell said crews would return early today to begin the investigation.
All the units in the building had been damaged in some way, Howell said. Four of those were damaged by heat and fire. “One of those had severe damage. That would be the apartment the fire started in,” he said.