[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1375675887&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4192639&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1375675887 type=script]FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) – Residents says the fire at Chateau Glen Oaks apartments started small Sunday afternoon.
“I was getting ready to take a nap when I heard something pop. My daughter told me there were fire trucks outside,” said Adriane Austin.
“A girl came running outside saying her breaker box was on fire,” she adds.
Residents began knocking on doors to get others out safely.
When Fairfield fire crews arrived residents were relieved. The fire was still contained to one unit, but delays in getting water through the hoses left the flames free to spread.
“”We were out here for about a good 30 minutes maybe. I seen them drag the hose up but they didn’t do anything, the fire just kicked in. I ran in and got my mom, my brother and sister’s clothes and by that time the building was up in flames. They hadn’t even started spraying water yet,” said FaDarius Duncan.
Fairfield Fire Chief Kevin Sutton isn’t sure what difficulties fire crews may have faced when they first arrived. Sutton says he was out of the city, but when he arrived the entire building was engulfed.
“For a city our size our size, this is a very large fire,” he said.
Midfield and Birmingham fire crews were called in to assist.
“Birmingham responded not from the immediate vicinity so it takes them a little longer to get here than it would take midfield from around the corner” says Sutton.
Even though his belongings are gone, Ulises Houser says he is blessed, “my two kids and my wife, they’re okay. and everyone got out safely so that’s another blessing.”
Chief Sutton told residents he will look into their complaints in regards to the fire departments response on scene.