United Way lends help to victims of Woodcliff Apartments fire

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COLUMBUS, Ga – United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley announces it is accepting donations to help more than a dozen families left with nothing after a major apartment fire over the weekend.

As News 3 reported, the fire started at about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon and destroyed one of the buildings at the Woodcliff Apartments on North Oakley Drive. A total of 17 apartments and about 40 people were affected.

Residents tell WRBL reporters they are still processing the loss of all their personal and sentimental belongings.

“All my trophies from middle school are gone,” Gerry Scott said at the scene to News 3 while watching his apartment smoke. “My brother’s graduation gown is gone. And then there are more things I can’t even think of right now.”

Firefighters have said they believe a grass fire fed by wind and dry conditions from the drought likely caused the fire.

If you would like to help community members affected by the Woodcliff Apartments fire, please call 211 to reach the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley’s information and referral line.

Agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They are ready to direct people to ways of giving to those in need.

** EDIT: News 3 corrected an earlier estimation by the fire department that 75 people had been affected by the fire.**

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