Several residents displaced in early morning fire at Madison apartment building

WAFF's Megan Plotka reporting
Published: Apr. 13, 2023 at 6:38 AM CDT
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MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - No residents were injured in an early morning fire that swept through a Madison apartment building on Thursday.

Officials were called to the scene of a fire at the Madison Landing Apartments on Flagstone Dr. shortly after midnight on April 13. Madison Fire, Madison Police and Huntsville Emergency Medical Services were the first to arrive at the fire. WAFF’s Romario Gardner was the only reporter on the scene when the fire was active. He says he had trouble breathing because the smoke was so thick.

Thick smoke at early morning Madison apartment fire
Thick smoke at early morning Madison apartment fire(WAFF)

Madison fire leaders were on the scene for over five hours trying to make the complex safe again. However, they say the fire destroyed apartment building 26 and it’s currently unliveable. Residents will have to find temporary housing with the help of the Red Cross. They don’t have an exact count of how many people were displaced but there are 20 units in the building in the building and some of them were vacant.

WAFF’s Megan Plotka spoke to one resident who said he has no idea what his apartment looks like now. The resident was home when he smelled smoke and heard sirens outside his apartment. He didn’t know what to do until he heard a knocking at the door and someone yelling at him to evacuate. He, and all the other residents, were able to get out of the burning building unharmed, according to fire and police officials.

The officer said the fire remains under investigation.

WAFF's Megan Plotka reporting

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