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Flames engulf Jackson apartment building

"We had got all the kids and everybody who lives by me out of the apartment building because it was spreading," ....Source: WLBT "We had got all the kids and everybody who lives by me out of the apartment building because it was spreading," ....Source: WLBT
"The fire was brought under control within an hour of the first unit arriving on scene,".....Source: WLBT "The fire was brought under control within an hour of the first unit arriving on scene,".....Source: WLBT
Once the fire was out, firefighters spent another hour-an-a-half going room to room checking for hot spot fires and watering down any warm places.....Source: WLBT Once the fire was out, firefighters spent another hour-an-a-half going room to room checking for hot spot fires and watering down any warm places.....Source: WLBT
when she and her brother ran out front they saw that it was the abandoned building that was on fire.....Source: WLBT when she and her brother ran out front they saw that it was the abandoned building that was on fire.....Source: WLBT
Although this is an unoccupied part of the complex, residents say that it is not uncommon to see people going in and out of the building.....Source: WLBT Although this is an unoccupied part of the complex, residents say that it is not uncommon to see people going in and out of the building.....Source: WLBT

Jackson firefighters battled flames and the summer heat to put out a raging fire at a Jackson apartment complex on Ellis Avenue.

Alice Mitchell lives at the Vintage Apartments. She made the call to 911 shortly before noon Thursday.

"I went downstairs, I saw that there was a whole bunch of smoke," she said.

She said when she and her brother ran out front they saw that it was the abandoned building that was on fire. 

"We had got all the kids and everybody who lives by me out of the apartment building because it was spreading," she added.

Luckily it did not spread. Division Fire Chief, Cleotha Sanders says, the first fire truck arrived no more than two minutes after Mitchell's call. Nine other trucks soon followed.  

"The fire was brought under control within an hour of the first unit arriving on scene," said Chief Sanders.

Firefighters faced two challenges; the fire itself and the 95 degree weather. 

"Because of the heat, we want to make sure that we have adequate manpower to swap units out, so we can keep our guys fresh, to give them an opportunity to rest and rehab," added Chief Sanders. 

Once the fire was out, firefighters spent another hour-an-a-half going room to room checking for hot spot fires and watering down any warm places.

"Although this is an unoccupied part of the complex, residents say that it is not uncommon to see people going in and out of the building.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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