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Fire guts Huntsville apartment complex

The fire quickly consumed all 8 units in this apartment block. (Source: Dannah D.) The fire quickly consumed all 8 units in this apartment block. (Source: Dannah D.)
6 units were called to assist, putting out hotspots long after their arrival. (Source: WAFF) 6 units were called to assist, putting out hotspots long after their arrival. (Source: WAFF)
Ice on stairs. (Source: WAFF) Ice on stairs. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Six fire units were called to a fire at Imperial Garden Apartments.

It started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the complex at 2024 Memorial Parkway. 

Hours later, firefighters were still dousing hot spots among the charred remains of the eight-unit block. The scene was cleared around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The temperature was so low on Thursday that the water firefighters used to douse the flames froze to the stairs and ground.

Apartment management personnel said all residents made it out safely. 

Reggie Mitchell moved into the complex only six months ago. Wednesday afternoon, he got a call from his landlord he wasn't expecting.

"'Your unit is on fire,'" Mitchell recalled, replying, "'What do you mean my unit is on fire?'"

Indeed, when Mitchell returned to the complex, the buildings housing his and seven other units was engulfed.

Mitchell took shelter at his landlord's residence, hoping for the best. Meanwhile, fire crews got word that possibly not everyone had made it out.

Frank McKenzie with Huntsville Fire & Rescue said there was a search for an elderly, bedridden woman who was initially unaccounted for, but she was located and immediately transported to the hospital by ambulance.

There are no reports of injuries among the other residents who were evacuated.

For Mitchell and the other residence, the process of assessing the damage begins. Mitchell has renters insurance, however he knows there are some things he can't replace.

"I've lived in five countries, so all of my keepsakes and whatnots, currency and things from my fraternity are all gone," he said.

Despite being in the middle of a disaster, Mitchell maintains a positive outlook, saying that material possessions can be replaced, while lives cannot.

A cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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