Johnny Hill, who lives at The Forest at Columbia Apartments, told Channel 2 Action News he lost everything in the fire.
“Everything I own is right here on my back,” he told the news station. “The fire spread so quick. I mean it spread fast.”
He and his fiancée were able to escape the flames, but Hill said building where the fire began was destroyed by the time the first crews arrived at the complex.
“One guy jumped out the window and broke his back. Another hurt his leg,” Hill said. “I’m just glad that everyone got out alive.”
The American Red Cross is assisting 36 people from 13 families, the agency said Saturday. Volunteers will help the displaced residents find a temporary place to stay and provide them with food, personal items and prescription drugs.
The cause of the massive fire remains under investigation.
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