More than 30 people displaced after large apartment complex fire in Clarksville

Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 11:43 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2021 at 6:31 PM EDT
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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WAVE) - Fire crews worked to extinguish a large apartment complex fire near Clarksville Senior High School on Sunday morning.

According to Clarksville Fire Department, the structure fire was called in around 7 a.m. to the 200 block of Ettels Lane, just off of Eastern Boulevard.

“There’s a hallway above us and that was all burning up, so we saw the flames before we even got out and away from the building,” tenant Connor Schaefer said.

Chief Brandon Skaggs with Clarksville Fire said it was called in as a multi-alarm fire with multiple agencies being requested to assist.

Schaefer was able to escape with his two cats and girlfriend. One of his neighbors lost his cat in the fire.

“Our neighbor actually didn’t get his cat out, but he looked for her as long as he could, and she passed,” Schaefer said

The fire was extinguished fully around 9:15 a.m.

Skaggs confirmed there was one resident of the Garden Court Apartments that had jumped out of a second story window to escape. That person has been sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Multiple other victims had also been injured and sent to University Hospital.

In addition, there were two animals that were found dead in the fire, one dog and one cat.

There were more than 30 people that have been displaced due to the fire according to Skaggs, who said six to seven apartments within the complex have been considered a “total loss.” The Red Cross will be assisting victims who have lost their homes.

Arson investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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