FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Fort Wayne firefighters have returned to the scene of a devastating apartment fire to extinguish the hot spots that have erupted.
Families are still unable to sift through charred debris to try to find what might be left of their belongings after losing everything on Wednesday night.
“There were people knocking on doors to tell people to get out, to get out! says Tameka Anderson.
People living and visiting the Jamestown Homes apartment complex in Hobson and Lake couldn’t believe how quickly the flames spread around seven a.m. Wednesday night.
“As soon as he opened the door there was a big explosion and we saw flames. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It was almost like something in a movie, honestly.” , she said.
But the horror for the neighbors was all too real as they frantically tried to find out if the eight adults and nine children living in the four adjacent units made it out alive.
“The flames were moving really fast. Look how many apartments it took in that short amount of time. Our thing was just to get out before he got close to us,” Anderson said.
Firefighters quickly subdued the fire outside enough and rushed inside to search for casualties, but luckily everyone had already escaped, even if only with clothes on their backs.
“Now they have to figure out where they’re going to lay their heads at night, how that is going to affect school, work, groceries, their health, their medications, all of those things are lost. And they have to figure out how they’re doing. move on from now on, ”said neighbor Sparkle Thomas.
The two-story apartments are all connected by party walls, but a firewall in the attic and swift efforts by firefighters kept the flames from spreading to neighboring units.
A devastating loss, to be sure. But it could have been much worse.
“It was very lucky that everyone was able to come out. If it had been at night, I really don’t know what the result would have been,” Thomas said.
Investigators are still reviewing the evidence to try to determine what started the fire.
If you know how the fire started, call the Fort Wayne Fire Department at 427-1478.