32 displaced in Middletown apartment fire

32 displaced in Middletown apartment fire
PHOTO: FOX19 NOW viewer Michelle Stitzel
PHOTO: FOX19 NOW viewer Michelle Stitzel

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - About 32 people are displaced after an apartment fire in Middletown.

Authorities say the fire broke out around 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the 4000 block of Helton Drive.

According to officials, the fire started in the attic and then the whole roof caught fire.

"It was roaring and our fire crews immediately went inside with hand lines and started knocking down apartment doors searching for any victims. We got mixed reports when we were on scene about whether or not all the occupants had escaped," said Middletown Fire Department Captain Greg Justice.

Fire crews from four departments responded including Liberty Township, Franklin, Turtlecreek Township and Middletown. It took about an hour to get the fire under control.

Two people sustained minor injuries, including one firefighter. They were not transported to the hospital.

Officials say 32 residents were displaced due to the extent of damages.

According to authorities, the estimated damage from the fire is about $600,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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