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09/30/03

Massive Fire Destroys Apartment House

Savannah fire investigators are searching for the cause of a huge overnight blaze that destroyed an apartment house on the city's west side. Just after 2am this morning, firefighters were called to the corner of Kline and Florance Streets where they found a two-story wooden house engulfed in flames. Live electrical wires were down in the street and cars on the side of the house were on fire, posing several serious dangers for the firefighters.

Part of the building collapsed minutes after fire crews arrived.

Four people who were in the apartments when the fire broke out say neighbors banging on their doors woke them up and they safely got out.

Firefighters had to use a ladder truck to get to the flames in the roof and attic and police had to block off a one square block area. The Red Cross was called out to assist six displaced people who lived in the building with their basic needs.

As of this morning, they've closed Kline and Florance at that intersection, fearing the building may collapse.

Reported by: Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com

 

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