TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Dozens of east Texans have been forced out of their homes after a fire at a Tyler apartment complex. Fire crews arrived at the scene around 5:00 this afternoon at the Alpine Creek apartment complex.
24 units filled with men, women, in children were all displaced.
“I’m just in a state of trying to figure out what’s going on around me right now,” Logan Evans says. Logan Evans is one of many who was removed from their apartment, after a large fire broke out in one of the units.
“It got into the wall in the nearby unit, it was also able to get into the attic,” Tyler Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Lee says.
A family of five was cooking dinner when all of a sudden, grease caught fire and quickly spread. Unfortunately, the fire spread so fast that the family was not able to salvage anything.
“Our primary damage is going to be in the attic and then heavy fire damage to one unit,” Lee says. Lee says the fire ignited several different times because of the old age of the complex and the way that it is built. And to ensure safety, everyone living in the building will not be able to return to their homes until the power is back on and all hot spots are permanently extinguished.
“I hope they let me in our apartment right here so I can get some clothes for tomorrow and I hope I don’t have to miss a day of work,” Evans says.
The Tyler fire department has contacted the Red Cross to provide any necessary help to the families affected.
PREVIOUS: The Tyler Fire Department said at least one family will be displaced after a fire heavily damaged their apartment unit.
According to fire officials, they received a call of heavy fire coming from an apartment unit at the Alpine Creek Apartments this afternoon.
Fire officials said they had to cut a hole in the roof to fight the fire. At this time, they believe they have most of the fire extinguished.
All 24 units of the complex were evacuated as a precaution due to the fire. No injuries have been reported to occupants or firefighters.
A spokesman for the Tyler Fire Department said the occupants of all 24 units will displaced for at least a night because they will be turning the power and water off at the complex. The Tyler Fire Department spokesperson said they will be contacting the American Red Cross on behalf of the people that will be displaced from their apartments.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Emergency crews are responding to a reported structure fire in Tyler.
According to Tyler Police online records, the fire is located in the 4000 block of Paluxy Drive. The address comes back as the Alpine Creek Apartments complex.
Details are limited at this time. KLTV has a crew en route. We will update the story with new information as it comes in.