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Residents displaced after apartment fire in Jeffersonville

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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Residents of a Jeffersonville apartment building will have to find a new place to stay after an afternoon fire caused heavy damage to the place they called home.

The fire was spotted around 4 p.m. in the apartment building on Walford Drive just off the 1100 block of Allison Lane. When fire crews arrived they found heavy fire in the attic of the building, which contains seven units. From Air 3, flames could be seen coming from the roof.

"Someone banged on my door and told me to get out and that my apartment was on fire," said resident Natasha Clark.

"I started hearing banging on all the doors," said resident Edward Raisley.

Residents had heard a crackle, but didn't know what was happening until someone saw the flames and came knocking on doors.

"I was stunned. I didn't know what to think. I just tried to grab what I could and run out the door. I had my son," Clark said.

"It's pretty crazy I just put my sandals on I thought maybe it was a small fire in one of the apartments," Raisley said.

But the fire took off, starting in the second level of the complex and quickly spreading. Firefighters had many obstacles to overcome to get the stubborn flames put out.

"The fire started in the middle of the building. The wind certainly made it a real challenge. The wind was 30 to 25 miles per hour. We also had a challenge with water supply," said Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick.

With no hydrants in the area, tanker trucks had to bring water. No one was hurt in the fire, in fact even pets made it out safely.

Oak Park Baptist Church is right next door to the complex and offered neighbors shelter as they figure out what to do next.

"Knowing that it's my house, it's devastating. Knowing that I have kids," Clark said. She and her family moved to the complex in November.

She doesn't have renters insurance to replace the items her family has lost.

"Medications and clothing. We lost everything. We lost everything," Clark said.

The Red Cross is assisting residents impacted by the fire. Damage was limited to one building, forcing seven families out of their home. The cause is under investigation. The fire chief says the building is likely a loss.

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