Nine Displaced After Early Morning Apartment Fire on Fig Street

About 30 firefighters were dispatched to battle a fire that broke out around 4:45 a.m. Friday at an apartment in the 2500 block of Fig Street. That fire displaced a total of nine residents.

According to Corpus Christi Fire Department Battalion Chief J.D. Johnson, the fire appeared to have started on the exterior of the building, which houses two apartments on its first floor and one on the second floor. The fire made its way to the attic of the building, but was mostly contained to a single apartment in which two male occupants resided.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the blaze, but not without some effort due to the building's layout.

"There's many hidden spaces in there," Johnson said. "That's creating some difficulty making sure all the hidden fires are extinguished. Multiple layers on layers, with all kinds of spaces."

Because of that, Johnson said it was difficult to find and secure the fire itself; and because of the amount of smoke, it was initially hard for firefighters to see where the fire was coming from.

One firefighter had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance to be treated for heat exhaustion. Aside from that, no one was injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


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