20 people displaced after morning apartment fire in Greenville Co.


GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPSA) – An apartment fire at the Roper Mountain Woods Apartment Complex Sunday morning has displaced 20 people in Greenville County.

The complex is where Lorraine Watkins lived.

“It’s just devastating, just devastating,” Watkins said.

She described it as one of the scariest moments of her life.

Watkins said, “I ran in the house and grabbed what I have on, and I ran through here, there was fire all over the place and I ran through the fire, knocked on some doors to say ‘fire fire’.”

Adam Bodnar, who lives across the street says the sound of the fire woke him up.

When he walked outside he couldn’t believe what was happening.

“It was surreal,” Bodnar said. “It was something out of a movie, you don’t expect to see that yourself.”

Twelve families, a total of 20 people were displaced.

“If you’ve never been a fire survivor, it’s different, it’s really different,” Watkins said.

Watkins says she has family in the area to help her, but others impacted don’t.

Her message to the community, “You know encourage one another, just be supportive, if you can help in any way. If you know them maybe just bring some food, or a prayer.”

The Boiling Springs Fire Department put the fire out.

The Red Cross was able to help the families find temporary homes.

β€œAs our teams work with the families impacted, we are thinking about all of them and want to provide support,” said Lisa Colby, the Executive Director of the Upstate Chapter. β€œThis is another sad reminder that fires can happen anywhere at any time and we must always be prepared for such disasters.” 

There is no word yet on what caused the fire and no reports of injuries at this time. We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.

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