Just three hours into the New Year a fire ravaged a Burlington apartment complex. The devastating blaze sent six people, including two firefighters, to the hospital. The flames leaving several people, without a home tonight.
It started around 3am this morning in the 1100 block of vine street. It took a more than an hour to finally get it under control. Fire officials tell us the building is likely a total loss.
"We had fire coming in almost every single room in there so that made it much more difficult to fight. And the fire goes in different direction at the same time," said Battalion Chief Ken Morris.
For residents inside the early morning fire, it was a nightmare come true to start out 2014.
"We got a big knock on our door and all I can remember is we were told to get the baby out, and we hurried out," said resident Shayna Britton.
"I got woken up by someone banging on my door saying fire, so it was a hectic morning," said resident Everett Tapscott.
Firefighters worked quickly to rescue two people that were trapped inside. One person was trapped in the basement, the other on one of the main floors. One firefighter trying to make the rescue was hit by a falling ceiling, but he was able to continue working.
Another firefighter was taken to great river medical center but later released. The Fire Marshall tells cbs4 that four residents were also taken to hospital where their conditions aren't yet known.
Adding to the problems, the cold weather which made fighting the flames more difficult. "The cold itself always make it more difficult you get ice from the ground that makes it hazardous for everyone not just walking but it gets on your tools and on your hose, and on the ladder plus it's just cold," said Morris.
Now residents will be spending the beginning of 2014 picking up the pieces of what was lost. "I just feel like crying honestly, I've been crying all night this is the worst of the New Year," said resident Tiffany Goble.
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