Fire at apartment complex on Pelham Rd. in Greenville

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Greenville Police Department officials confirmed firefighters have responded to an apartment fire on Pelham Road.

Crews responded to The Park at Calabria, located at 100 Pelham Road.

“When the guys arrived, they arrived at a fully engulfed fire,” said Tito Dendy, who is a fire inspector at the Greenville City Fire Department. “This fire moved fairly quickly.”

No one was hurt in the blaze, but four firefighters suffered heat-related injuries. They were all treated on scene and were able to recover, Dendy said.     

“It’s hot out here, so when you’re working these types of fires…that’s easy to happen,” Dendy said. 

Even with several firetrucks responding from multiple agencies, the blaze spread to a dozen apartment units.

“There was a big fire, and so some of the best ways to do that when we have a fire this big is to get it from above…dump multiple amounts of water on it at one time.” Dendy said.

He said 16 apartments are damaged, and its likely that 12 are burned to the point where they are no longer livable. He said the other four have been damaged by water and smoke, and it is unclear whether residents will be able to get back inside. 

According to a rep with the American Red Cross, they estimate between 25 and 40 people are displaced. 

“If they don’t have a place to stay tonight, what we would do is give them some funds to use to purchase a hotel room for two or three days,” said Terry Barcelona, who is a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

He said they also provide counseling. 

Investigators have not yet said what they believe caused the fire.

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