Fire reported at Miami Hills Apartments in South Bend
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- No one was injured after a fire engulfed portions of the Miami Hills Apartment Complex late Friday night.
The blaze left a handful of people without a place to stay.
It happened minutes after 11 p.m. in the 3600 block of High Street.
The South Bend Fire Department is investigating the fire's cause.
According to fire officials, the fire started inside an apartment on the building's third floor. Fire officials say they were able to quickly control the fire, however, the unit is considered a loss.
The fire broke a few windows and charred the outside of the building.
Officials said smoke and water slightly damaged two other apartments.
Andrew Johnson says he lives in one of those apartments. He was not home at the time, but describes the scene as "horrific" when he showed up.
“One of the firefighters, he took me upstairs and then it’s terrible up there," said Johnson. "As soon as you get to my floor, it’s like you can’t see nothing. Everything is pitch black, its smoke everywhere. It looked like it burnt through everything."
The American Red Cross is helping those displaced by the fire.
“It just look like my whole apartment was just like, just destroyed and you know my heart dropped." said Johnson. "Being here and seeing it and seeing all the damage and everything that’s being done right now, it’s just got me like you know like what’s going on."
Officials do not know if there were working smoke detectors in the building. Firefighters remind people to check their smoke alarms. Anyone without a working alarm is eligible to receive a free one from SBFD. To learn more about that program click here.