Update: Residents Displaced By Apartment Fire

By: WOWT Email
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The second fire in five years at a Council Bluffs apartment building Friday night has left 12 families without a place to live.

Russ Root, one victim, didn't know what was going on when he started to see smoke. "All of a sudden, some smoke came up outside my balcony. I run out there, and there's some flames coming up from underneath my balcony. I don't know why or how," he said.

Flames shot through the thick smoke coming from the roof of the three-story Greenbriar Apartments at Franklin Avenue and Crestmont Drive. The blaze was reported around 8 p.m.

Apartment Fire

Firefighters evacuated the building as soon as they arrived. The fire started on the second floor. The cause remains under investigation. Associate Fire Chief Justin James said strong winds pushed the flames through the structure, making it more difficult to put out.

No injuries were reported. Apartment management says all pets were rescued as well. It's unknown at this time when residents will be allowed back into the building.

For another victim, Graham Gould, this is the second fire he's faced at the complex in five years. Even with experience, he has a lot to figure out. "I don't know. I'm going to have to find a place to live....It's just things are up in the air. There are so many things to cope with right now, to find out what's going to happen, what's available, and go from there," he said.

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