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Fire at complex causes external damage

January 25, 2011

SDN Staff Reports

Residents of two apartment buildings were evacuated – then allowed to return – early Monday after a car fire migrated toward one of the buildings, fire officials said.
East Oktibbeha volunteer firefighters answered a call for a car fire at the Pointe apartments around 4 a.m. Monday to find a vehicle fully engulfed in flames,and found fire spreading to near parked cars and encroaching on one of the apartment buildings, fire officials said.
Siding on the building melted and the blaze generated a great deal of smoke, blocking the view of the path of the heat and smoke.
County firefighters called the Starkville Fire Department to bring in their aerial platform as smoke emitted from the two-story building’s eaves.
Fire officials inspected the upper wall and roof areas to make sure no fire moved behind the walls.
Two buildings were evacuated, with residents allowed to return once officials determined the blaze did not make its way into the building.
East Oktibbeha firefighters also responded to a separate car fire at Chadwick Apartments off Lee Boulevard Sunday.
There were no injuries in either incident, fire officials said Monday.

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