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Augusta apartment fire displaces 16 people

Augusta Fire and Emergency Management says the fourth floor of Hal Powell Apartments is...
Augusta Fire and Emergency Management says the fourth floor of Hal Powell Apartments is currently uninhabitable.(Augusta Fire/EMA)
Published: Oct. 25, 2020 at 3:56 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Augusta Fire and Emergency Management reported that an apartment fire displaced 16 people early Sunday.

Authorities say crews responded the Hal Powell Apartments on Broad Street around 2:30 a.m. All of the units were cleared out as firefighters worked to contain the fire on the fourth floor.

Augusta Fire and Emergency Management says the fourth floor of Hal Powell Apartments is...
Augusta Fire and Emergency Management says the fourth floor of Hal Powell Apartments is currently uninhabitable.(Augusta Fire/EMA)

Fire investigators believe the blaze started from an air conditioning unit.

Augusta Fire/EMA says five to seven apartments sustained heavy damage, and the fourth floor of the building is currently uninhabitable.

Augusta Fire and Emergency Management says the fourth floor of Hal Powell Apartments is...
Augusta Fire and Emergency Management says the fourth floor of Hal Powell Apartments is currently uninhabitable.(Augusta Fire/EMA)

Two people were transported to the hospital for reasons unrelated to the fire, according to Augusta Fire/EMA.

All residents, except for the 16 who live on the fourth floor, will be allowed to return to their residences. The 16 displaced people will be helped by the Red Cross.

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