Update: 1 person saved from structure fire in downtown Augusta

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News 12 First at 6 o' clock/ Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Firefighters were finally able to get inside the building around 3 p.m. Friday.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire and where exactly it started.

Five apartment building sustained damage, some a total loss. Trever Bellew got a call Friday morning while he was staying at a friends' house.

"I answered it and basically they were like, your apartment is burning down," he said.

Bellew drove to his apartment at the corner of Broad Street and 12th Street to find his 3rd floor apartment completely engulfed in flames.

The Red Cross stepped in to help him sort everything out. They'll help with finances, food, clothing, and shelter. He says it's a big help because even though he sells insurance for a living, he doesn't have renter's insurance himself.

"It's definitely something I should have gotten. I'm kicking myself for not doing that," he said.

The Red Cross was also on hand with their emergency response team, making sure the first responders were taken care of as they battled the blaze.

"We have a canteen for the firemen. We have coffee and snacks because they've been here since probably 4 this morning," Becky Mackenzie with the Red Cross said.

Other neighbors helped out too. Farmhous cooked about 60 meals for the firefighters on duty.

"The owner came out and volunteered the services and they're taking care of us... giving us bathroom breaks, helping us to stay warm," Brian McFeely, a Batallian Chief with the Augusta Fire Department said.

Fire crews said the blaze was difficult to fight because the 2nd and 3rd floor roofs collapsed on each other, creating an inferno, and making it unsafe for them to go inside. They had to fight the fire from above with ladders and aerial equipment.

Original Report

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- One person was rescued from a burning building on Broad Street Friday morning.

Crews were called to 12th Street and Broad Street just after 4:30 a.m to fight a fire in the buildings above both the Downtown Dental and Americana Tattoo businesses.

News 12 has learned one person had to be rescued from the burning buildings. That person was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay.

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