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Multiple tenants displaced after fire damages apartments

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Members of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team from the Southeast Georgia Chapter in Savannah responded to a fire disaster call at Hunter's Bluff Apartments on W. Montgomery Cross Road Tuesday. The fire, which did major damage to three apartments, was reported around 4 p.m.

According to fire officials at the scene, two apartments on the second floor suffered fire damage and one apartment on the first floor suffered smoke and water damage. All three of the apartments were occupied. Officials believe that the fire was electrical in nature and since the electricity had to be shut off to all three apartments, it would not be safe for any of the residents to remain there.

A male resident in a second floor apartment was napping when the smoke alarm woke him up. He found a fire at the water heater in the utility room and put it out with a fire extinguisher. He called 911 immediately after and crews from the Savannah Fire and Rescue came to chase the rest of the fire that had apparently gotten into the walls of both upstairs apartments.

Two college students living in one of the apartments say the father or one of them purchased renters insurance just last week but they were not sure what all is covered. The students' short term plans were to stay in a hotel furnished by the Red Cross Tuesday night, and hopefully the apartment complex could find them another apartment to occupy on Wednesday. The students said they have friends they could also stay with for about a week.

"I don't know what we would do tonight if it wasn't for the Red Cross", said Tori Dixon, one of the occupants, in a press release. "The Red Cross has given us comfort by providing food for a week and a place to rest for the night. They also provided us with personal hygiene items in a kit. I feel better knowing that we are not going to be left on the street if we don't find a place tomorrow." 

No injuries were reported.

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