Apartment fire displaces 20 families

February 4, 2008 5:43:59 AM PST
The Red Cross is helping about 20 families affected by a large fire which broke out early this morning.It happened around 1am on the southeast side of town and burned several apartments. When crews arrived, flames were shooting from the second floor apartment unit. Because of the size of the fire and how close it is to the other units, a second alarm was called.

There was also some concern because all eight units in the building were occupied.

"After they did the primary search, everybody was out. They were doing a secondary search. There are no residents that suffered any injuries," said HFD District Chief Herman Gonzales.

A district chief was being treated for either a broken or twisted ankle. He was helping on the scene and apparently stepped into a hole and injured his ankle.

The apartment manager tells Eyewitness News that there are enough vacant units at the apartment complex to move the families affected by the fire.

The Red Cross has handed out debit cards to the displaced families so they can buy food, clothing or any other necessities needed.

At least eight units were completely destroyed by the flames.

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