(Orange, Texas)

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May 6, 2011

Firefighters respond to fire at Orange apartment complex

ORANGE — It took firefighters around 30 minutes to get a fire under control at an Orange apartment complex Friday night.

According to Assistant Chief Jerry Ziller of the Orange Fire Department, a fire began in a maintenance shed at Autumn Park Apartments on Ridgemont Drive. The fire spread next door to an apartment unit. Most of the fire was contained in the attic space.

The OFD received the call at 7:04 p.m. Ziller said the cause of the fire is still unknown.

There were no injuries. Residents at units adjacent to the fire were evacuated.

Power was killed to the apartments and those residents will be displaced tonight. Ziller said the American Red Cross is on the way to the scene to help find shelter for the residents.

Ten Orange, five McLewis and five Little Cypress firefighters responded to the fire.

Capt. R.O. Emmon of the Orange Police Department said Officer J.E. Roy had to kick one door in to an apartment and forcibly remove the residents because they wouldn’t leave.

“They knew there was a fire; they didn’t know they had to leave,” Emmon said.

Emmon said the maintenance man told him paint and miscellaneous items were stored inside the shed. Ziller added there was also liquified gas petroleum cylinders that were ignited by the fire.

The maintenance man further told him, “Thank God we took the gas out of there two weeks ago.”

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