Apartment fire in Henrietta, 'there's nothing to come back to'

June 14, 2018 06:23 PM

Crews are focusing on cleaning up and securing the Henrietta apartment building that caught fire Thursday morning.

The damage is so severe it's unsafe for anyone to get in. And the people who live there only have what they were able to grab as they ran out. 

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The Red Cross is assisting the 20 people who have been displaced since the fire. 

A sheriff deputy, who was patrolling the area, first noticed the smoke around 4 A.M. Immediately, deputies began banging on doors to get neighbors out. 

Within 4 minutes firefighters arrived on the scene but nearly 50 percent of the building was already covered in flames. 

The wind caused the fire to spread faster from a second-floor balcony, up the outside wall and into the attic. 

"My dog started going crazy, was barking. I got up and smelled smoke. I woke her up and we ran out," said resident Sammy Denney. 

The family dog was able to get Denney and her toddler out to safety but he hasn't been seen since. 

"We rescued him about three months ago so we hope he's hiding and he'll come back but whats he going to come back to?" 

What will any of these neighbors come back to as the fire and water damage destroyed almost everything they own.

For Sammy Denney, she was in the process of packing and planning to move out in 10 days. She is now left with nothing but the clothes on her back. 

"We don't know what we're going to walk into...there's nothing there." 

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to this building but neighbors worry about how quickly it was able to spread to the other units.



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