Eight families displaced after Friday morning fire in Decatur

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DECATUR, Ala. – Eight families were displaced after an overnight fire in Decatur. Crews stated they were called to a fire at the Decatur Place apartments on Courtney Drive just before 1 a.m. No one was injured in the fire and the Red Cross was assisting the displaced families.
Decatur Fire and Rescue say the fire was a challenge to extinguish. “We had engines, ladder three, ladder four, engines 5,6 and 7 responded to this,” said Lt. Stacy Rose with Decatur Fire and Rescue One resident said she and her husband were confused about what took place. “We both initially thought a neighbor had slammed something, hit something. We didn`t know. And then there was a second boom so we thought it sounded kind of like gunshots. So he had me get down on the floor.” “It does appear that the fire started in the middle of the complex,” said Lt. Rose. “Possibly on the outside, we’re trying to confirm that.” The fire spared one unit. The occupant says he and his family made it out safely and then went to work rescuing his neighbors. “We knew they were basically stuck so we came here and broke the glass with our feet just to make sure they were safe and let them know,” said Christina Cunningham.   The fire ravaged the front of the building. Now residents are trying to salvage what they can and rebuild.   “Honestly was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been through in my life.” Residents say only one good thing came out of this, everyone made it out alive.   People in the complex are coming together to make sure their neighbors have the necessities while they rebuild their lives. Decatur Fire and Rescue says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

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