2-alarm fire displaces 45 people, destroys 12 units in Antioch

2-alarm fire displaces 45 people, destroys 12 units in Antioch (Image 1)

Forty-five people were displaced after a fire destroyed 12 units at an Antioch apartment complex Monday.

The blaze broke out around 4:30 p.m. at the Bell Hollow Apartments located at 5353 Cane Ridge Road in Antioch.

Residents watched in masses as 62 firefighters from various nearby stations worked to extinguish the flames.

“It just burst into flames and we couldn’t do anything about it,” said Johnathon Johnson.

“I woke up because I work third shift and the alarm went off, and there have been false alarms before, but then someone knocked on my door and said, ‘There is a fire; everyone out!'” Edgar Corely told News 2.

Corely looked out of his window and saw the smoke billowing into the sky.

“And saw there were flames shooting out of the roof then ran back in and grabbed my cat Casper,” he added.

Everyone made it out safely but officials expect to conduct a secondary search when it’s safe.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist those displaced.

At least one firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital with heat exhaustion but he’s expected to be okay.

The cause is still under investigation, as is the fire’s origin. Fire officials plan to survey the site Tuesday morning.

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