POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 5:17pm
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (NBC33) — Right now, Denham Springs firefighters are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed an apartment building.
Someone finished barbequing, then left the hot pit on a wooden table. Then the apartment building went up in flames. Residents were upset, but glad everyone is okay.
"It's just been a very hectic and traumatic day," said Steven Davis.
Tall flames and heavy smoke, it's a scene some residents of Boardwalk Place Apartments will never forget.
"When we moved away from it and went toward the back, it got bigger and bigger. We could feel the flames. We could feel the heat from the flames like towards the very last apartment building. It was terrible," Davis explained.
The fire started on the third floor of this building at around 2:00 A.M. Tuesday morning. It took five hours to put out. Davis said his family was among the last to get out.
"Just knowing that that could have happened, it makes me want to cry, but the fact that the Lord woke me up to get her that makes me so happy that I got to chance to save my mother and my dog from what could've happened," Davis said.
Steven's apartment suffered a lot of water damage, but for Brianna Vice, things are much worse. The fire spread into her apartment.
"He was like 'get up just run, just run downstairs, just run!' and I was like 'what is it?' and he was like 'the apartment's on fire just run," said Brianna Vice. "We were in the top floor over there, and it started on this side on the 3rd floor, and it just shot across."
"Then, I ran and we came down here. I hugged her because she was crying. I was trying to comfort her because she's my best friend. So we got to witness this tragedy together," said Brianna's friend Chelse Hawes.
Red cross helped residents with food, water, and money to give them a new start, and they're grateful.
"I just feel really blessed. We made new friends and had people trying to help us and that just made us feel very good about the situation," Davis said.
The apartment building is a total loss. Right now, the impacted people are moving to other apartments within the complex.