WJTV News Channel 12 - Apartment Fire in Rankin Co. Destroys 12 Units, Tenants Safe

Apartment Fire in Rankin Co Destroys 12 Units, Tenants Safe

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All tenants are safe after an apartment fire tears through Lakeshore Point at Spillway and Northshore Pkwy.

12 units were destroyed.  Fire officials say no injuries have been reported.

Residents awoke around 4:20 a.m. to the heat of flames and the smell of smoke. Fire crews were still working to put out what was left of the fire around 6:30 a.m.

The origin of the flames has not been discovered. The investigation continues.

The fire looks to have started in the central park of the complex. Four balconies were destroyed and could be seen from the street nearby.

Fire officials with Flowood Fire Department and several other agencies responded. The building is considered a complete loss.

Fire Chief Scott Berry says that right now, any water that is still being put on the building is to cool down "hot spots."  Resivoir FD brought in a trackhoe to move around some of the debris to get the smoke and last of the flames out. They'll start interviewing witnesses today. They'll let it cool overnight and then start investigating the fire patterns tomorrow. 

Right now, he says it looks like it started in the attic or third floor. He said it could be days before they have a cause. He didn't seem to suspect anything strange right now, but said that he had heard a lot of rumors from residents.

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