28 without home after apartment fire in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ind. – A fire at a Columbus apartment complex damaged or destroyed 12 units and displaced 28 residents Saturday night.

Firefighters were dispatched to the complex in the 200 block of Stonegate Drive around 11:30 p.m. There, they found the two story apartment building engulfed in heavy smoke and flames its south side. Smoke alarms were sounding and some of the residents had self-evacuated. Authorities confirmed that all affected resident had gotten out.

Firefighters initially entered the structure and made an “aggressive attack,” but intense flames and smoke conditions forced firefighters to take an exterior position. From there, the fire was brought under control with the aid of an aerial platform and a deluge gun.

No injuries were reported. The Red Cross was called to the scene to help the affected residents find temporary shelter.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

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