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Apartment fire displaces 8 people in Savannah

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Several lives have been uprooted after an apartment building caught fire in Savannah on Friday.

The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. at the Heron on the Bluff apartment complex off White Bluff Road.

It happened in the middle of the day, which is why residents had to move their stuff out before sundown.

WTOC spoke with one woman who was home when the fire started.

"I was sleeping and somebody knocked on my door - it was a loud bang - and I jumped up to see who it was, and they were like, 'Fire, grab what you can.' So I just started grabbing my safe, my cat, and anything I could see to grab," Brooks Tolbert, displaced resident.

Tolbert is a student at Armstrong State University, who has lived in Savannah for six years. Although it's been a long day for her, she says the timing could have been worse.

"Thank God it's spring break in school, so I'll have a break from school to deal with this, but I did run back in to grab my school books,” said Tolbert.

Her apartment was one of four damaged by smoke. Tthe other four in the building sustained fire damage. The brunt of it was in Charlie Lewis's apartment.
"Well, I guess I have to start over... just move on,” said Lewis.
For Lewis it will mean starting over yet again. He just moved to Savannah two months ago.

Savannah Fire officials are still investigating exactly what happened, but they believe the cause was electrical. The good news: No one was hurt.

Selena Hause and her German shepherd were home when the fire started.

"Yeah, pretty much uprooting your whole life and finding a new place to live with 5 minutes notice. Just, 'Hey, you've got to get out, you can't live here anymore.’ That's definitely rough on you. But we have a great apartment complex and they're doing a really good job of getting us in order and everybody is helping us out,” said Hause.

The Red Cross stepped in to help this afternoon. Plus, the complex's regional manager told WTOC they've relocated people to their sister-property down the road, and they'll have the rest of the weekend to move everything out.

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