FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Investigators are still working to learn what caused a large fire at Jamestown Homes apartment complex on Wednesday evening. The fire displaced four Fort Wayne families.
According to dispatch, emergency crews were sent to the 1600 block of Hobson Road at 7 p.m. on reports of an apartment building on fire.
“It’s very scary because it can happen to any of us at any time,” said Irene Forrest, a neighbor. “When I came home from church, it was all ablaze. I walked down there and it was pretty bad. The two apartments were completely engulfed.”
The Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) said that crews found two, two-story apartments engulfed in flames. Surrounding apartments were also on fire. Crews contained the fire in just over half an hour, according to a release.
All occupants escaped or were not home at the time of the fire. FWFD said 17 total people – eight adults and nine children – have been displaced due to the damages.
“It’s hard. Think about everything that you lose,” said Diane Honick, a neighbor. “Children, no toys, no baby pictures. The one family that we help they were able to get their documents, but then you look at the next door neighbor and there’s nothing.”
It is unclear where the families whose homes were destroyed are currently staying. However, a Go Fund Me page has been started to help one of the families get back on their feet.
A representative from Jamestown Homes said the complex is not interested in commenting on the incident.
As of Thursday afternoon, the cause of the fire is still unknown.
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