Authorities with Columbus Fire & EMS still aren't sure what caused a blaze that damaged eight units at Avalon Apartments off Cusseta Road.
Battalion chief Donnie Jones said they received a call about the fire at 4:09 p.m. and Engine 10 arrived on the scene four minutes later to see fire and smoke was coming out of one of units in the top of one of the buildings in the back of the complex.
Jones said three ladder trucks were dispatched to extinguish the fire, which took about an hour. He said they do not know what caused the fire or where it started, but an arson investigator was on the scene.
No one was injured. Jones said he believed of the 32 units in the building, 26 were rented out and eight units suffered damage from the fire. He said firefighters would be at the complex for the rest of the night.
Brandon Smith said he and his cousin, Trey Smith, were in the parking lot when they saw the fire. "There was a little fire up there," he said, pointing to the top of the apartment building. "And it caught onto something." He told his cousin to call the police and tried to knock on doors to get people out of the building.
Jasmine Leeks, has a sister who lives in the building on a lower floor, said she saw the smoke from Church's Chicken on Fort Benning Road. "I thought oh my God. It was big, the flames and the smoke," she said. "I thought my sister's apartment was in jeopardy."