Fire Rips Through Apartment Building In Lancaster

Alan Scaia
February 19, 2019 - 10:30 am
Lancaster Fire

Alan Scaia


LANCASTER (1080 KRLD) - A fire has damaged four apartments in Lancaster, leaving eight people homeless. Tenants say the fire started around 6 am in the walls of an apartment on the first floor.

"I just went to grab the things that are most important to me and got out as fast as I could," says Brittany Lacy, who lives above the apartment where the fire started. "The bottom apartment was torched. Glass was breaking. You'd hear things popping. You see fire."

Lacy says she woke up her kids and everyone escaped safely. She knocked on a neighbor's door on the way out to make sure he was okay.

"Luckily enough, she came down and warned us," he says. "I came out the door and there were flames licking at that bottom window."

No one was hurt. Crews from DeSoto, Ovila and Red Oak responded along with Lancaster.  Four adults and four kids were left homeless. The Lancaster Fire Department says the Red Cross has been notified.

Lancaster Fire says the floor of the building is sagging, so people would be allowed to salvage what they can through windows or with firefighters escorting them.

The fire marshal is now looking for the cause, but Lacy says other buildings in the complex have had fires before.

"I know it needs to be looked at. It's not safe," she says.