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Tenants climb, jump to escape apartment fire

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Crews responded to a fire at the French Quarter Apartments Monday night. Crews responded to a fire at the French Quarter Apartments Monday night.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville firefighters rushed to the scene of an apartment fire on Patton Road Monday night.

Flames tore through two units on the upper level of the two-story French Quarter Apartments before 7:30 p.m.

Neighbors quickly evacuated the building, some pounding on each other's doors to get everyone out. Some tenants said they had to climb or jump from the second floor balcony because one of the burning apartments was immediately opposite one of the building's staircases. 

Five units of the Huntsville Fire Department responded and put the flames out. Firefighters reported there were no injuries. At least four units were damaged by fire, smoke, and water.

The Red Cross is assisting tenants at the scene; apartment management said they will work to arrange alternative accommodations for those displaced Tuesday. Management said they would move the tenants into other apartments until firefighters tell them which units are safe to re-enter.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.

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