Over a dozen displaced by Columbia apartment fire
Mike Christen, The Daily Herald, Columbia, Tenn.
May 11—Three people were transported to two hospitals early Tuesday Morning after a fire swept through the Columbia Meadows Apartments.
Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Ty Cobb said one resident was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with burns and two others were sent to Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia after being rescued from the flames inside the building near downtown Columbia at 148 Brannon Court.
The responding firefighters also rescued four pets from the scene.
“It was a very intense fire,” Cobb told The Daily Herald.
The department responded to the call at 12:17 a.m. The responding firefighters, who arrived on scene worked to bring the three residents to safety.
Cobb said the responding firefighters were able to contain the flames, located in the center of the building.
“We are keeping those patients in our prayers,” Cobb said. “With that type of fire, we could have easily had more injuries, and we are thankful that did not happen.”
Cobb said more than a dozen residents have been displaced by the fire.
He said a local chapter of the American Red Cress has been contacted with a request to provide assistance.
The building suffered heavy damage from the flames, smoke and water, Cobb said.
“It is going to be a while before this apartment is repaired,” Cobb said.
The cause of the fire remains unknown. The fire department continues to investigate the scene.
Cobb said state agencies have also been contacted to assist in the investigation.
“We want to make sure we do all we can to determine a cause,” Cobb said.
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