Fire Destroys Apartment Building

Firefighters responded to a fire at a Meridian apartment complex Friday morning.
Eight units were destroyed, four downstairs and four upstairs.

The fire at Village Apartments, 2015 Mosby Road, happened around 3:15 a.m.

"Everyone in the building was just beating on everybody's doors saying, 'Get out! Get out, the building is on fire!'" said fire victim Shametrise Watson.

Watson and her five children lived in a downstairs apartment. There appears to be not much left for her and seven other families.

"Everything's gone. We have nothing," said Wilson.

"I ran through the apartment first because I thought maybe it was my apartment on fire," said Marion Smith, a neighbor. "And so I ran to the door and I opened the door and you couldn't see nothing but black smoke."

Once the fire was discovered, many of the affected residents ran to a nearby store.

"I just wanted to get help to them because they were coming out barefoot, children, and it was cold. It was just hysterical. A mess," said Alexis Lee, who works at the store.

According to apartment officials, only one unit which had 8 apartments was damaged by the fire.

"Right now we're looking at, like, four were heavily damaged on the top, and we don't know about the four on the bottom," said site manager Peggy Jones. "It does not look like they had much damage to them."

Jones says the lower apartments suffered mainly water and smoke damage.

Because of the overall severity of the fire. she says it will likely be several months before the affected apartments can reopen.

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  • by Lacey Location: Meridian on Apr 7, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    I want to think god that everyone got out ok. Now i think the city could help this familys out more. All the familys need to home to go to. These hotle rooms just aint gettin it. Now we need to see some change in this terrible avent. thanks that all i have to say...
  • by BOO on Apr 4, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    Good job Meridian Fire Fighters, could have been alot worse. Goog to see no injuries from residents or FFs. Please keep our ffs and police officers in your prayers!!! They are the poor but dang proud of what they do!!!
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Apr 3, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    Has any cause been determined for the fire? Was it poor electrical wiring, or did someone leave a skillet on a eye on the stove? This has happened before. Luckily, no one lost their life, but they easily could have. I feel sorry for the people that were affected.
  • by Alexis on Apr 2, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    please pray for these families this is soooo sad and please people if you dont already have fire insurance please invest in some its not that expensive and well worth it!!!!!!!!! please have a fire plan for you and your family!!!!!
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