Garden City Fire Update

More than a dozen Garden City residents are without a home tonight after a fire destroyed their apartment building early this morning. It happened at the Plantation Apartments. The blaze broke out around 3am Thursday morning. By the time firefighters arrived, most of the building was consumed, and all neighbors could do was watch.

Alzora Graham was one of those neighbors. When daylight came, they saw the damage, and watched as occupants of the burned building saw what was left of their belongings.

"That fire last night was amazing," said Graham. "It was like it was in one apartment, and then in a matter of six or seven minutes, you saw smoke that was going all over the building. It was everywhere."

A charred bicycle still lies in the front yard, ashes are everywhere, and a bed is now nothing but steel and springs. Although the fire was in just one building, the flames were so hot, they melted the siding off of the building directly behind.

But the majority of the damage is right at what was once apartment homes to 13 people, now scorched. Luckily,  no one was seriously injured, but two were taken to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns. Now, neighbors are trying to work together, to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to them.

"I thought about having a meeting and talk with them to find out how we can be more safe when it comes to fires," said Graham.

In addition to the two people injured, one firefighter suffered minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released. The state fire marshal arrived on the scene around 11am this morning to try and determine the cause of the fire and where it started.

We do not have the answer to those questions right now. The state fire marshal tells us it could be days, or even weeks, until we'll know for sure.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, bdenmark@wtoc.com