Dozens homeless after apartment fire

Published: May. 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM CDT|Updated: May. 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM CDT
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Huntsville Fire crews responded to an apartment fire at Brittany Point.
Huntsville Fire crews responded to an apartment fire at Brittany Point.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Fire crews returned to the scene of an apartment fire at Brittany Point Tuesday morning to prevent hot spots from flaring up.

The fire started before 2 p.m. Monday at the complex at Willowbrook Drive and Benton Street.

Several units in one of the buildings were on fire and smoke could be seen for several miles. Huntsville Fire had eight fire units on scene, including several rapid intervention teams.

The fire destroyed at least eight units. District Chief Ronnie Dodson said the fire was coming out through the windows when crews arrived on scene.

The burning building was a shock for residents like Adam Marshall to come home to.

"I saw the building smoking from Whitesburg," he said.  "I thought it was my building at first so I kind of freaked out and started speeding.  There was just a whole lot of smoke and the fire was just massive.  I've never seen anything like it."

Residents of one of the units were home at the time the fire started. No one was at home in the other seven units. No injuries have been reported, but several pets are missing and presumed dead.

Red Cross was called to help the residents impacted by the fire.

The fire was extinguished, but crews monitored several hotspots four several hours.

Each building consists of eight units. Brittany Point was built in 1978 and was last inspected by Huntsville Fire in September, 2012.

Willowbrook eastbound from Horseshoe Trail to Bailey Cove was closed to traffic as crews work the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire crews will bring in a track hoe to tear down half of the building Tuesday morning. This will give firefighters better access to put out hot spots. It will also be safer for them once when they go into the building.

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