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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Several families are homeless after an early morning apartment fire in New Albany.
There have been no reports of injuries.
It started just before 5 a.m. at the Cedar Ridge Apartments on Grant Line Road.
Firefighters tell WDRB that 12 units had to be evacuated and some suffered heavy fire, smoke and damage.
New Albany Fire Chief Chris Rainbolt says about four units were destroyed.
"We had heavy fire on the second and third floor and in the courtyard area here, and going through the attic and the roof area," Rainbolt said.
Rainbolt continued: "We probably spent the first 10 minutes vacating everybody in those 12 apartments ... and once we got those people out, we started getting some lines on the fire. Then we got on the other side of the firewall and got those people out and made sure we weren't getting any fire running through that firewall."
Fire officials were expected to remain at the scene for several hours while they continue their investigation.
The Salvation Army was on the scene offering help to families displaced by the fire as well as assistance to firefighters unable to get out of the cold weather.