12 units damaged in fire at Briargreen Apartments, off South Memorial Parkway

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Huntsville Fire Department hustled Thursday to put out smoke and flames in a 12-unit building at Briargreen Apartments, located off South Memorial Parkway.

The complex is just north of Vermont Road.  We understand several people called 911 about 1:30 p.m. to report the fire.

Firefighters said a dog and cat were killed. Three cats and three dogs were also rescued.  Most residents were at work during the fire, but may pets were inside.

Capt. Frank McKenzie said crews are working to put out hotspots.  He said some units have heavier damage than others.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.  They believe it started in a unit on the second floor.  The American Red Cross is on their way to help residents.