SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A fire that ripped through a west Chatham County apartment building Wednesday morning damaged eight apartment units and displaced 10 adults and two children, according to the American Red Cross.
The fire broke out around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at the King George Apartment Complex on Prince Royal Lane, just off of King George Boulevard.
A car parked under an awning at the complex somehow caught fire. That fire then spread to the rest of the building. At least one building is heavily damaged.
"When I first came outside, the car down here on this lower building over here was on fire. So I ran up the stairs to the first level to make sure nobody was inside. The smoke was so overwhelming, I ran back downstairs. Luckily, I don't think anybody was in the building except for one family on the top floor, and they ended up getting out safely, thank God," said a witness Kenneth Szommer.
An investigative team will be out to determine a cause of the fire once the fire is out.
The American Red Cross will be helping residents who have been displaced. The complex will be helping relocate affected residents.
WTOC has learned that the first floor of the building has been compromised, so residents may not be able to get back inside to get their belongings.
Red Cross volunteers are helping the displaced families with their immediate needs by providing lodging and financial assistance for food, clothing and necessities.