Posted: Aug 11, 2013 8:19 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Aug 12, 2013 9:00 AM
A Belgrade family is without a home after an early morning fire on Sunday destroyed their apartment.
Officials say the fire started in an upstairs apartment on 213 Show Place in Belgrade at approximately 4:35 a.m.
The apartment where the fire broke out is a complete loss. The other three units are OK and only the bottom apartment sustained water damage.
A nurse who lived across the street saw the fire and rushed to help.
"There was smoke billowing out of the apartment," Michelle Goodwin. "I threw my shoes on and ran out to the parking lot and made sure everyone was OK and everyone was out."
While all four families made it out of the building safely, one dog died.
"It was mostly smoke," Goodwin said. "The flames started coming as soon as the fire department showed up. It was coming out the door here and the window and then out the front of the house.
"Kudos to them, they got it down very quickly," said Goodwin.
Firefighters managed to control the blaze in about 30 minutes, but there were challenges.
"It was the second floor and it was a fairly deep-seated fire," said Jason Wheeler with the Central Valley Fire department.
Fire Chief Ron Lindroth estimates the damage to be in excess of $80,000.
Crews are still investigating the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
Officials and neighbors say the Red Cross will will be assisting the family in the recovery process.
Officials urge everyone to have working smoke detectors and an evacuation plan in case of a fire.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Goodwin