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Seven people displaced after apartment fire in Springfield

The flames were contained to one apartment.

Posted: Jan 8, 2019 4:33 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2019 12:38 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Seven people have been displaced after a fire early Tuesday morning at the Lindsay Apartments.

Fire crews from Eugene Springfield Fire responded to 1914 5th Street around 1:30 a.m.

Crews said when they arrived, they saw smoke coming from the second floor of one of the apartments. They said the fire was localized in that apartment and was contained easily.

"My first reaction [was] to get my dogs," neighbor Cheryl Barber said. "I was telling my son, 'Get the dogs. Get the crate. Put him in there!' Just trying to make sure everyone got out safe, you know, because that’s the main thing. All the material stuff can be replaced."

Barber, as well as other neighbors in the apartment complex, are trying to help those who are now displaced. She has created a GoFundMe to help them replace clothes and other belongings that were damaged in the fire.

"I'll do whatever I can to help her and help the family," Barber said. "I gave them blankets to sleep tonight. Our other neighbor gave her some pillows to sleep. It's not much. It still sucks you have to sleep on the floor, but at least it's something."

The Red Cross is also assisting those affected.

Fire crews said everyone was able to evacuate safely and there were no injuries. They said smoke detectors helped alert victims to the emergency.

"It's something that folks hear a lot to change their smoke detector batteries, but it really does save lives and is important," said Chris Paskett, a battalion chief with Eugene Springfield Fire.

Officials have not been able to determine what caused the fire.

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