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Thursday night fire destroys apartment
Firefighters pump water on an upstairs blaze at Plantation Apartments in Richmond Hill Thursday night. - photo by Julia Harison

A fire destroyed an apartment Thursday night in the 200 block of Casey Drive in Richmond Hill.

No one was reported injured, but six families were displaced and five received lodging through the Red Cross, according to Richmond Hill Fire Chief Ralph Catlett.

One apartment was destroyed by fire and the other five received water damage.

The cause of the blaze had not been released Friday.

According to Catlett, when he arrived after receiving the call of a fire at the Plantation Apartment Complex around 8:30 p.m., he and his firefighters encountered flames shooting from the roof of the two story structure.

Catlett said he deployed the department’s aerial truck to extinguish the flames.

Catlett said firefighters from Bryan County Emergency Services and Southside Savannah Fire Department provided mutual aide to fight the fire, which took firefighters about 20 minutes to get under control and over two hours to knock out hot spots that occasionally flared up.

Dozens of residents stood outside their apartments, watching as firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading.

Plantation resident Kristen Yates, who had just returned home from coaching football said when she arrived at the apartment complex she saw very little flames coming from the building.

Yates said, "Within 15 minutes the fire was huge and began spreading."

There were reports the engines ran out of water while fighting the fire, but Catlett said that didn’t happen.

"We did not run out of water at anytime while fighting the fire, the engines operated the way they were supposed to," he said.

According to Catlett the fire began shortly after 8:30 p.m.. He returned Friday morning to determine the cause of the fire.

Jeff Whitten and Julia Harrison contributed to this story.

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