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16 Jul, 2024
New details emerge about devastating fire at Stevens Creek apartment complex
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New details emerge about devastating fire at Stevens Creek apartment complex

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Authorities have released new details about a fire at an Augusta apartment complex that destroyed 16 units last Wednesday.

According to the fire report, there were no fatalities and the fire was contained to the complex.

Authorities said all occupants had been located; 14 of the 16 apartments were occupied.

The report said the first 911 call just before 11 p.m. was of a fire outside an apartment building in the 900 block of Stevens Creek Road, on the construction site of the 3300 Nine Two Six West apartment complex.

Firefighters reported that the fire started at the A-side entrance to the building and that the first thing to catch fire was the grass just outside the exterior stairs.

Authorities determined that no human factor contributed to the fire.

There were smoke detectors at the scene, but officials say they do not know if they alerted residents.

However, according to the report, investigators discovered that there was no automatic fire extinguishing system.

Officials say Central EMS checked on all residents and fortunately only one person suffered minor injuries escaping the flames through a balcony.

According to firefighters, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Some wondered if fireworks were to blame.

If so, it would be the second apartment fire in CSRA caused by fireworks in as many days. June 19 four units at Waynesboro complex damaged in fire the blame was placed on fireworks.

A few hours after the fire broke out in the apartments, residents shared their thoughts.

Authorities said the caller reported hearing fireworks for more than two hours before noticing the fire in the apartment building.

According to authorities, the caller immediately began knocking on doors, informing residents of the fire and urging them to evacuate.

New details emerge about devastating fire at Stevens Creek apartment complex

Upon arrival, firefighters notified dispatch that the incident required a full response. The fire was contained and quickly extinguished, officials said.

In a matter of seconds, everything can disappear.

“I got home at 11 o’clock and I lost everything. I have nothing. I don’t know what to do,” said Ossie Shaw, who lives in the apartments.

Residents of the Nine Two Six West apartments woke up feeling shocked and hopeless.

“I didn’t expect something like this to happen. I’m sad about it because when I came here they were renovating and rebuilding,” said another resident.

Smoky air, fire alarms, chaos and a sense of loss caused panic among residents.

“Honestly, my brain stopped working. That’s how I felt. I didn’t know what to do except go outside and hopefully make sure everyone else was OK,” the resident said.

Before the fire alarm went off, residents claimed everything was fine.

Now, less than 24 hours later, 16 families have been left with little or nothing to live on.

“I came home and everything was burned to the ground. It’s nothing. They told me to wait, I don’t know what to do,” Shaw said.

The Red Cross provided people with a place to sleep for the next three days and said it had helped 15 people.