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Walker Co. apartment residents lose everything in fire

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Story by Megan Boatwright

Eyewitness News Reporter

ROSSVILLE, WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- An early morning fire forced nearly two dozen people to spend their Labor Day in a hotel.

Fire broke out at the Woodland Apartment complex in Rossville at 5 a.m.

It took crews the entire morning to get the fire under control. Most residents were sleeping when fire started.

The good news is no one was hurt.

One woman was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but was treated and released by early afternoon.

Fire fighters say they were surprised by the strength of the fire when they arrived on scene.

"He got a master key to everybody's apartment and he just walked in and woke us all up," says resident Alvin Daniels.

That's how residents of the Woodland Apartments awoke to the holiday.

"They come knocking on our door and banging on it. My son came through there and got me and my wife," says resident James Brodie.

Everyone inside made it out safely thanks to the complex maintenance man, who unlocked apartment doors to alert residents.

Fire officials say 10 to 11 individual apartments were affected by the fire, leaving nearly two dozen people displaced. Fire crews went inside and tried to help salvage whatever they could, but they say the building is a total loss.

"We went around, stood in front and waited on the fire department to get there," says Brodie.

James Brodie and his wife have lived there for three years.

"She even left her pocket book with every penny we had in it," says Brodie.

Brodie was able to salvage some of his wife's medication, but like most of his neighbors, the fire took everything else.

The Northwest Georgia Red Cross placed 22 residents in hotels for the next three days while they figure out how to move forward from here.

"It's bad but everything will work out I guess," says Brodie.

The Red Cross also gave fire victims debit cards to help replace any food, clothing and medication as well.

Fire officials won't begin investigating the cause until Tuesday and those on the scene Monday said there was no indication as to how the fire started.

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