COLUMBUS, Ga. — Battalion Fire Chief Glen Bahde tells News 3 crews on scene that six families have no place to go this Sunday morning. This on the heels of a massive fire he says engulfed an entire building which was made up of six separate units.
Bahde says they got the call about the large fire at 1:25am. He says the fire was at the Old Hamilton Station Apartments (Now called The Palms) just off of Double Churches Road. Fire crews preceded to treat the fire as a 2 alarm fire call. At the height of the “fire fight” he says more than twelve trucks were on scene. He also says the fire was deemed “under control” by 4am, however crews continued putting out hot spots and cleaning up well into the morning.
Rachel Taylor said she’s happy to be alive after escaping the fire. She was in bed when she heard the fire alarms going off and said she smelled smoke when she walked into the other room.
“I ran out the door. Neighbors were banging on doors telling everybody to get out. I went downstairs and came to the front units was just ablaze,” Taylor said.
He says an arson investigator did come to the scene, but will be back later in the day to conduct a full investigation. Bahde is being tight lipped about whether he suspects arson could be at the heart of this early morning fire.
He’s estimating there is at least $350,000 in damages. However, Bahde says the silver lining is that there are no injuries this morning.
One of the property managers on scene tells News 3 the Red Cross is assisting the victims in their time of need.