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Fire engulfs West Side apartments

A fire blazes tonight in the West Grand neighborhood, consuming apartments across from the Basilica of St. Adalbert at 4th and Davis.

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/Tommy Allen

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Firefighters are still working on extinguishing a fire at an apartment complex on the corner of Fourth Street NW and Davis Avenue NW.

Leanne Hanson, who was visiting her niece that lives next to the apartment complex, said the fire started around 6 p.m.

As many as six firetrucks were on the scene working to put out the fire, said Tommy Allen, who arrived early on the scene when he happened to be driving through.

"We thought [the firefighters] had put it out but then it just started back up," Hanson said.

The fire appeared to have started on the far east side of the building, Hanson said.

"I came out as soon as I heard 'a house is on fire,'" Hanson said. "I saw people just coming out and going back in and coming out. This last apartment they were able to get some stuff out but not much. "

Firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes of the fire starting, Hanson said.

"Everybody lost pretty much everything," Hanson said. "But the good thing is that everybody made it out safe, that we know of."

Smoke from the fire could be seen above the city, attracting a large crowd.

"It just seems to be more and more [people] but now they're all leaving," Hanson said. "But there's been a lot of people from the start.

 

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