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Fire damages City Walk
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Some residents at City Walk Apartments were left homeless when fire struck the complex Saturday night. The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department brought the blaze under control with no injuries, but fire decimated one unit and three more were heavily damaged. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
A Saturday evening blaze at City Walk Apartments on East Bryant Street damaged one of the buildings in the complex, but city firefighters were able to bring the conflagration under control before any residents were injured.The fire reportedly began in Apartment 6, an upstairs unit. Central dispatch received the call just before 8:30 p.m.City police arrived on the scene first, making sure that the building was evacuated and all the residents were safe.When firemen arrived, they discovered flames coming from the window of the second-floor apartment, as well as from the roof of the building.The flames quickly spread to the adjoining unit while the fire department attempted to extinguish the attic of the building, a task made more difficult by additions to the roof that made access harder to obtain.According to Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker, four of the eight units in the building were either damaged by fire or water, and the other four are badly smoked up.“One apartment, where the fire started, is totally destroyed and the other is pretty extensively damaged with no ceiling or roof. There is also some water damage in a couple of apartments below on the first floor.