News 12 First at Five, August 16, 2007
Augusta, GA---Local families surveyed the damage Thursday after fire ravaged their homes. It happened at the Madison on the Green apartment complex off River Ridge Drive.
Anjenette Robinson is a single mother of three. She and her family just moved into the Madison on the Green apartment complex two months ago. She says she watched all that go up in flames Thursday. Mrs. Robinson says, "I guess I'm still kinda in shock and in disbelief that this happened."
Firefighters battled the blaze for 40 minutes. In the end 8 families lost their homes. That's a total of 29 people. The Red Cross will put those people in hotels for at least the next three days.
Investigators say the fire started on the ground. Neighbors woke up only to find their cars engulfed in flames. Lieutenant Hannan says, "It could have been a discarded cigarette, and that's what I'm looking at right now. There were people outside I know at least 2 to 2:30, and this fire...We got the call about 3:30."
Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Brittany, says she is just glad to be alive. She says, "At the end of the day family is what is important, people. Materials, that can be replaced."
The only problem...the family had no renter's insurance. Mrs. Robinson says, "It's going to be hard but with the Lord's help I know we can get through it."