While people across the state are dealing with flooding, an apartment fire broke out in Dickinson On Tuesday.
Around 10 a.m. the Dickinson Fire Department and other first responders responded to a fire at Lily Pad Apartments on the corner of 1st Ave E and 1st Street E near downtown.
Many people who live in the apartment building said the amount of smoke was unreal.
“I couldn’t see anything. I had to run my hand against the wall and scoot my feet just to get down the stairs,“ said Tracy Hodge, who was visiting her father who lives in the building.
Assistant fire chief Curtis Freeman of the Dickinson Fire Department said, “Police officers tried to go up to the second story stairs and couldn’t go any further”.
The small three-story apartment building has only thirteen apartments, and Freeman said everyone was able to get out safely.
“I just grabbed my cell phone, my birth certificate. Something that was important and within hands reach,“ said Hodge.
Freeman said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it started in the kitchen of one of the second story apartments.
“It’s a room and contents fire. That room is a total loss, but the building is not a total loss”.
The fire is currently contained, but residents are not allowed back in at this time.
The fire department is escorting people in, so they can grab belongings.
“A lot of people are worried about their animals. We have rescued some cats,“ said Freeman.
For many of them, the situation was a scary one, and the most important thing is that everyone got out safe.
“Everything is replaceable, but as longs as me and my father got out, that’s all that matters,” said Hodge.
The American Red Cross was immediately on the scene, helping anyone who may need a place to stay until they can get back into their apartment.