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Apartment fire displaces 6

Six residents were displaced from their homes Saturday after fire raced through a Columbus apartment complex, officials said.

Columbus firefighters were called at 10:26 a.m. to a fire at Carriage Hill Apartments on Fort Benning Road.

The fire started in one of the apartments and spread to others, reaching the attic of one of the eight apartments in that unit.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 45 minutes, said Battalion Chief Les Talley of the Columbus Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services. No one was in the two most severely damaged apartments at the time of the blaze.

Talley estimated the damage to the structure to be at least $120,000, possibly more.

"It was pretty extensive," he said. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

There were no injuries, and residents have been relocated by the realty company into other apartments.

Candace Tripp was staying in her mother's apartment and was asleep when the fire started. She said she awoke when the power went off.

"That's when I smelled smoke," she said. Tripp said a boy in the complex started knocking on doors to alert the other residents to get out.

Angie Gonzalez lived in an apartment in the same unit and said she felt heat from the fire at around 8 a.m. She said she thought it smelled electrical.

Gonzalez's apartment was not damaged by the fire, so she will stay in it.

"They did a great job," she said of the firefighters. "If they didn't get here, the trees would have caught fire and it would have spread."

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