Gulfport apartment fire leaves 20 families displaced

GULFPORT -- Twenty families were displaced following an apartment complex fire Thursday night.

Gulfport Fire Department Chief Mike Beyerstedt said all apartment tenants at South Point Apartments have been uprooted from their units due to a broken water line that occurred during a fire Thursday night at 8:39 p.m.

Beyerstedt said the fire originated in the kitchen of one apartment and spread to another by an adjoining wall. The fire then spread into the common attic.

Firefighters controlled the blaze in about 15 minutes.

The Red Cross is assisting residents with temporary shelter until repairs can be made. No injuries were reported. A total of 27 firefighters responded to the fire at 1028 45th Avenue, Beyerstedt said.

Besides the two damaged apartment units, smoke and water damaged 10 other units. The two-story complex consists of 24 units, split into two buildings.

American Medical Response checked for injuries and provided water to displaced residents and firefighters.

Also, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said firefighters responded to a trailer fire at 8200 Canal Road shortly after 1 a.m. Friday morning. Sullivan said firefighters contained the blaze in about 15 minutes, limiting the damage to the double-wide trailer. The trailer was unoccupied. There were no injuries.

Firefighters from Lizana and Cuevas Volunteer Fire departments, CRTC and Harrison County Fire Service departments responded to the call.

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