Several Apartments Suffer Damage In Columbia Fire

Several Apartments Suffer Damage In Columbia Fire

CREATED Jan 29, 2014

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Several families have been displaced by an apartment fire in Columbia on Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out around 8:20 a.m. at Graymere Apartments on Union Place. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames and smoke coming from an upstairs balcony.

The woman who lived there told firefighters she was woken up by a neighbor who saw the fire.

"She was in the bed asleep, and a neighbor knocked on the door and got her up, and told her the apartment was on fire. She was able to get out. Her cat was still in there and we were able to get in and get her cat," said Williamson County Assistant Fire Chief Tony Scott.

Residents went door-to-door to make sure everyone got out safely. A bedridden woman had to be helped by firefighters, but there were no injuries.

The unit where the fire started suffered heavy damage, while at least three others suffered water and smoke damage. The American Red Cross responded to help those who were displaced.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.