AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. - UPDATE: 3/23/2014 7:25 p.m.: American Red Cross volunteers are assisting nine individuals displaced by a fire Sunday morning at the Hillside Townhouses, 16 Townhouse Lane, Waynesboro, VA (Augusta Co.). Red Cross has assisted 6 adults and 3 children with food and clothing as well as lodging as requested.
The cloudy day reflects how many people living at the Hillside Apartments in Augusta County feel after a two-alarm fire raged through this building early Sunday morning.
Stephanie Sprouse lives in the building next to this one. She saw the fire and says it was like nothing she's seen before.
"It's 3 A.M. my husband starts yelling 'honey get up, get up'," Sprouse says, "the fire department wasn't here yet and it was just this center townhouse that was ablaze."
Around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, firefighters were called to the apartment complex off Townhouse Lane.
Linda Smith also lives nearby and vivdly remembers the experience.
"I saw blazes almost as tall as the tree," Smith says, "When i did come out, the smell was horrible."
Neighbor Floyd Cabel said he went door to door making sure everyone got out.
"We went around the perimeter of the building making sure people were out," Cabel says.
No lives were lost, but eight people were displaced by the fire. Neighbors say they did their best to help the people living here.
"They were freezing cold and she was waiting on her mother to get here so I asked her if she wanted to sit in my vehicle, with the heat on," Sprouse says.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but investigators say they think the fire was started by accident. For now, the people here say that they plan to stand by their neighbors who lost everything.
"We're a pretty tight knit community around here so people look out for each other," says Cabel.
People displaced by this fire are currently under the care of the Red Cross.
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