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Community helps tenants after fire burns down apartment building

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Twenty-one people are looking for a place to stay after fire destroyed an entire building at the Waterford Plantation Apartments in Georgetown early Sunday.

Firefighters said lightning hit the roof and caused the blaze, but luckily not one was injured in the fire.

Some of the tenants have been coming back to the building to see if there is anything they can salvage. The roof is completely gone and siding has been pulled off the building.

The owner of the complex said there were 12 units in the building, with nine being occupied at the time of the fire on Sunday. Three more families were also planning on moving into the building this week.

Officials at the apartment complex have been working around the clock to make sure all of their tenants have housing. Some have been placed in other apartments at Waterford Plantation, while others are being housed next door at the Georgetown Woods apartment complex.

"They told us they had three bedrooms available, two bedrooms, even single apartments available, and we've just been deciding if everyone is coming with us," said fire victim Alex Reid. "That was the biggest part, which roommates are coming, which ones are staying."

Officials with the apartment complex said they plan to rebuild, but their first priority is finding tenants new homes. Families said they are thankful for everything the complex has done for them and also the help from the Red Cross.

The community is rallying together to help the people affected by the fire.

Many of the victims are optimistic, saying they can’t stop talking about the overwhelming support coming from neighbors, apartment officials who are trying to find them places to live anmd the Red Cross. 

The Red Cross has classified this type of fire as a disaster relief operation because the fire affected so many families. They have to pull a lot more of their resources to provide aid and relief.

Helping this many people can cost the Red Cross nearly $10,000, so they are asking the public to help by donating food, clothes and school supplies because children are returning to school this week.

 

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Twenty-one people are looking for a place to stay after fire destroyed an entire building at the Waterford Plantation Apartments in Georgetown early Sunday.

Firefighters said lightning hit the roof and caused the blaze, but luckily not one was injured in the fire.

Some of the tenants have been coming back to the building to see if there is anything they can salvage. The roof is completely gone and siding has been pulled off the building.

The owner of the complex said there were 12 units in the building, with nine being occupied at the time of the fire on Sunday. Three more families were also planning on moving into the building this week.

Officials at the apartment complex have been working around the clock to make sure all of their tenants have housing. Some have been placed in other apartments at Waterford Plantation, while others are being housed next door at the Georgetown Woods apartment complex.

"They told us they had three bedrooms available, two bedrooms, even single apartments available, and we've just been deciding if everyone is coming with us," said fire victim Alex Reid. "That was the biggest part, which roommates are coming, which ones are staying."

Officials with the apartment complex said they plan to rebuild, but their first priority is finding tenants new homes. Families said they are thankful for everything the complex has done for them and also the help from the Red Cross.

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