Mount Airy apartment complex evacuated after 2-alarm fire engulfs building
9:15 PM, Jan 16, 2013
4:18 AM, Jan 17, 2013
An apartment complex in Mount Airy was evacuated Wednesday night after heavy fire engulfed the building.
According to emergency dispatch, fire crews responded to 5118 Hawaiian Terrace at around 8:45 p.m. after receiving reports that fire was coming through the roof of the property.
Fire officials said the heaviest fire originated on the first floor of the building but quickly extended into the upper floors of the three-story structure, according to a press release from the fire department.
The fire department confirmed that all residents were evacuated once the fire had made its way into a common area in the building.
One man was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries, according to 9 On Your Side reporter Bryce Anslinger. The identity of the injured person has not been released.
According to reports, residents of all 12 apartment units have been displaced by the fire. Residents of at least three of those apartments -- the apartment in which the fire originated and apartments on both sides of it -- are expected to be displaced for an extended period of time.
All residents are currently receiving assistance from the Red Cross until repairs can be made by the owners of the property.
A Metro bus was called to the scene to provide a warm place for displaced residences to sit while fire crews extinguished the blaze.
Damage is estimated at $200,000.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
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