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Fire Damages Camelot Apartments in Athens; Several Families Displaced

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Several families are displaced after an early morning fire at Camelot Apartments on Elm Street in Athens.

The Athens Fire Chief says teams were able to contain the fire mostly to one unit of the 24-apartment building.  But crews had to evacuate everyone because of the smoke and water damage in the building.

The American Red Cross is helping nine to 11 families displaced by the fire.  Of the 24 units, 19 were occupied.  Eight are unlivable due to damage, and other units are unlivable due to power being cut off.

The fire started in unit 817.  The woman who lives there lost her dog, sadly.  Her neighbor woke up after hearing a noise and got the woman out safely.

Investigators say it appears the fire was an accident. They haven’t specified the cause yet.

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