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Dozens displaced after accidental apartment fire Sunday morning

Multiple fire departments rushed to a second-alarm fire at a Northeast Columbus apartment complex Sunday morning.

A resident at the Villas at Little Turtle heard something, spotted flames and called for help.

Five departments got to the scene around 6 a.m. to fight the fire that was spreading across the roof.

Columbus Fire said everyone was evacuated from the complex safely. The fire was accidental and started in the fireplace/chimney area of 5464 Foxhound Lane. Columbus Fire says the residents did nothing wrong.

Fire officials believe six or seven units near the roof were damaged, four of them severely damaged.

"It spread across the roof and over a ten unit apartment building," says Battalion Chief Steve Martin with Columbus Fire. "We are looking at damage, severe damage."

No residents or firefighters were injured.

With the fire under control, crews are now focusing on hot spots and investigating the cause of the fire.

Columbus, Westerville, Plain Township, Clinton Township and Mifflin Township Fire all responded to the apartment complex.

Red Cross Volunteers rushed to the scene to help people, everyone from young children to older residents.

"We are working to get them lodging, food, clothing and shelter," says Jordan Tetting with the American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region, "and then we are also working with the apartment management company making sure these people have long-term housing.

And on this cold day, volunteers want them to stay warm.

"Recovery takes a long time and in a manner of speaking it can be those physical needs, but also those emotional needs," says Tetting.

The Red Cross says it is also working with the apartment management company to potentially shift families info any vacant units in the meantime.

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