Dozens flee apartment complex fire (Video)

By Esther Perez and Tony Balandran
Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:04 a.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.

Dozens of residents of a Victoria apartment complex were evacuated early Monday morning as firefighters responded to a blaze inside two of the buildings.

No firefighters or residents were injured, Fire Chief Taner Drake said at the scene.

Victoria Fire Department officials responded about 3:40 a.m. at the Sage Creek Apartments, 607 Fillmore Ave., a few blocks east of Navarro Street.

When firefighters arrived three apartment units were fully engulfed in flames, Drake said. Eight of the units sustained significant water or fire damage.

Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes. Emergency crews were still at the scene as of 6:30 a.m. investigating its cause and making sure it did not reignite.

The structures accommodate at least 12 units each, and residents in the buildings were instructed to flee the building.

Sara Walters, one of the residents standing outside in the mid-40-degree temperature, watched firefighters inspect the charred debris. She held her pet turtle and was wearing her pajamas.

"I just heard loud popping sounds from the fire, and someone was yelling for us to get out."

Firefighters broke down the door of Hope Gomez, another resident, to get her out one of the buildings. "They wouldn't even let me put my clothes on," she said.

She was also in her pajamas; others were outside barefoot.

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