When firefighters arrived on scene at the Beldon Spring Lake Apartments off Decker Boulevard on Thursday, the fire at 3611 Ranch Road had already broken through the roof.
This video, shot by the Richland County Fire Department, shows the rescue of one of the pets.
No injuries were reported.
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The two-alarm blaze damaged 7 apartments and a leasing office, the fire department said. The cause is under investigation by the Richland County Fire Marshal
About fifteen residents were displaced and are being helped by the American Red Cross.