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Apartment fire displaces 11 families

A fire that caused extensive damage forced several residents out of a Huntington apartment complex Monday morning.

The first fire crews responded about 8:45 a.m. to an alarm at Carriage Place Apartments in the 600 block of Bartlett Street, said Leon Hurlburt, deputy chief of the Huntington Fire Department. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the attic.

After attacking the blaze in the attic, firefighters realized it had started in one of the lower levels, Hurlburt said. The building has apartments in the basement and on the two floors above ground.

When the crews pulled back, the fire began spreading to the roof of the west end of the building and eventually throughout the structure, Hurlburt said.

Firefighters fought the blaze into mid-afternoon. It took about six hours to bring under control.

There are 12 apartment units in the building, and 11 were occupied, Hurlburt said. All residents got out of the building on their own unharmed.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents, Hurlburt said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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