As many as 100 people displaced by Anderson fire

The Greenville NewsAugust 14, 2013 

As many as 100 people were displaced today when an early morning fire forced them to scurry from their apartments in Anderson County, the county fire chief said.

THE GREENVILLE NEWS — PAUL BROWN

— From 80 to 100 people were displaced Wednesday when an early morning fire forced them to scurry from their apartments in Anderson County, the county fire chief said.

Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson said that the blaze struck the Azalea Apartments located off S.C. 187 at 4:30 a.m.

He said three people were injured, two suffered from smoke inhalation and a third was being treated for a leg injury. Their conditions were unavailable.

Gibson said 40 apartments were affected by the fire, including three that are heavily damaged. “The rest have smoke and water damage.”

Nearly 45 firefighters battled the blaze; eight hours after it was contained firefighters were still “battling hotspots,” the chief said.

The fire’s cause still hasn’t been determined, the chief said. “We’re just now getting started.”

Brian Scoles, a spokesman for the American Red Cross in Greenville, said his agency had 16 volunteers assisting those made homeless by the blaze. Temporarily, he said, they are staying at a hotel located next door to Azalea Apartments.

“There’s quite a bit of damage,” he said.

Those displaced are getting clothing, food, medication and other emergncy needs, he said.

Scoles said his agency is spending part of the day trying to get its arms around the fire and its fallout.

“We don’t know the extent of damage,” he said.

He said that the Red Cross is looking forward to the next 24-to-48 hours to try to assess the needs for the residents.

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