The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department is investigating a Sunday afternoon fire that destroyed two units at Millbrook Pointe apartments on Skinner Mill Road.
At 3:26 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3190 Skinner Mill Road, where flames were visible from the street, dispatch confirmed.
The fire apparently started in a bedroom on the bottom apartment and spread to the one above it, Battalion Chief Bryan McFeely said.
He said two people were in the apartment when the fire started, but both escaped unharmed.
“There is heavy smoke and fire damage to the hallway,” McFeely said. “But it did not spread to the neighboring apartments.”
He said the second floor was weak from damage, which concerned him.
He said three ladder trucks and four engine companies responded, along with the department’s ambulance Rescue 1.
Millbrook Pointe neighborhood watch member Richard Ray said he saw the flames coming from the bottom apartment and called 911. Firefighters first responded to the other side of the complex but were quickly rerouted.
“The trees caught on fire next to the building even,” Ray said. “Luckily, the wind was going in the right direction and blew the flames away from the next building.”
Ray, a resident of Millbrook Pointe for three years, said this was the first fire he has seen in the complex.