Augusta apartment fire under investigation

Sunday, July 8, 2012 6:27 PM
Last updated Monday, July 9, 2012 12:57 PM
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The Augusta-Richmond Coun­ty Fire Department is investigating a Sunday afternoon fire that destroyed two units at Mill­brook Pointe apartments on Skin­ner Mill Road.

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Augusta-Richmond County firefighters clean up after a fire at Millbrook Pointe apartments. The afternoon fire apparently started in the first-floor apartment's bedroom, officials said.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Augusta-Richmond County firefighters clean up after a fire at Millbrook Pointe apartments. The afternoon fire apparently started in the first-floor apartment's bedroom, officials said.

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.

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texsmoke 07/09/12 - 12:46 pm
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I know I would want a fast response if my house was on fire but I am pretty sure the truck had 4 on the front was probably going 30 miles over the speed limit. I barely had time to get out of the wayfrom being rammed then they just cut across oncoming traffic that nearly caused a huge pileup. Thank you for what you do but please remember thats a huge machine to be driving so out of control.

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