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Two-alarm fire displaces 17 at Jacksonville apartment complex

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The Red Cross reports of the 25 residents displaced in Tuesday's Jacksonville apartment fire, only one person requested overnight lodging assistance which was provided free of charge.

The owner of Azalea Gardens Apartments has already placed several families and will continue to place the remaining families in rental properties within the area.

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James Jarvis of the Red Cross tells 9 On Your Side the shelter at the church has been closed after all 17 families arranged for accommodations with family, friends or hotels.

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After a stressful day for families and neighbors, the Onslow County Red Cross says of the 17 families displaced in that Jacksonville apartment fire, seven families are staying with other family members and friends.

The remaining 10 families are still deciding whether to utilize the Red Cross' temporary shelter at the Living Hope Community Church or find other accommodations.

The church is located at 1310 Hargett Street.

Letisha Shumake who lives across from the burned apartment complex remembers her first thoughts upon hearing of the fire.

"I didn't know what to do," Shumake said. "I was kind of scared. It was mind-boggling."

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A two-alarm fire displaced seventeen occupants at a Jacksonville apartment complex.

It happened at the Azalea Gardens Apartments on Gum Branch Road.

“Firefighters found the structure to be heavily involved in fire upon arrival.   The residential dwellings were being evacuated by property management when we arrived” stated Spencer Lee, Deputy Chief of Fire Operations. “The fire was wind-driven, which intensified the fire.”

Officials say seven units were damaged as a result of the fire; four with fire damage and three with water damage.

“We were able to contain the fire, which started in a second floor apartment, to three adjacent units due to the quick actions of the fire fighters and the use of the ladder truck” said Chief Lee. 

Units from Pumpkin Center VFD and Half Moon VFD responded to the fire at the request of mutual aid. 

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. A cat was rescued from the blaze by firefighters. It was returned safely to the residents.

Power is out to the building. Damage estimates are pending.

The American Red Cross and the apartment complex’s property management are providing assistance to the displaced residents. They've opened a shelter at Living Hope Community Church in Jacksonville.  Temporary lodging, food and clothing are being provided as needed. Volunteers will continue to work with the families to make sure that their short and long-term needs are met.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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