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Fire at Edgewater Apartments in Bluffton under investigation

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The Bluffton Fire Marshal's Office and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office are investigating a structure fire that took place Thursday morning at Edgewater Apartments off Bluffton Parkway. 

The Bluffton Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to the fire around 10:15 a.m. The first unit on scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the apartment building. Due to the size of the building and the amount of fire, extra Bluffton companies were brought to the scene as well as off-duty personnel. 

Officials rescued two dogs, one cat, a couple of pet birds, and a Guinea pig from the fire. No other injuries were reported. 

Seventeen people have been displaced from a total of eight units.

WTOC spoke to the couple who lived in a unit, which is now a total loss. They said they weren't home when the fire started, but when they got here the unit was fully engulfed.

The couple owns two dogs, ages 13 and 9, who firefighters said did not make it. But an hour later once the smoke cleared, firefighters located and rescued the two dogs that were hiding under one of the beds.

Another neighbor said someway, somehow firefighters could save her cat and birds. That resident lives in the front of the building. She says her and her son must find alternate lodging after the roof of her apartment caved in.

"What we consider we're hitting it from the exterior of the structure before sending personnel inside. It's just a way for us to try and do what we can from the exterior to make conditions a little more favorable before we make an interior fire attack. They did that, other units got on scene and they went inside the building and started making fire attacks on the different units,” said Bluffton Township Fire District Capt. Randy Hunter.

Another resident says he was home getting ready for the gym when someone started banging at the door, that's when he realized the building was on fire. He says most of the damage in his unit is from water.

The American Red Cross is now assisting these residents. 

During the incident, Burton Fire District covered the Callawassie side of Bluffton response district, and Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue covered the Moss Creek response district. The BTFD thanks them for their assistance. 

It took officials about two hours to get the fire under control. The cause is still under investigation. 

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