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Man being called a hero after Jeffersonville fire

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Seven families are homeless after a fire at an apartment complex in Jeffersonville.

No one was injured but families who were displaced tell WDRB News that may not have been the case if it weren't for one Good Samaritan.

Chris Halford was working in the yard at Allison Lane Townhomes when he spotted the fire around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Next thing I know, I'm loading up the dump truck and I look up and there's a big flame coming out of the roof and I called 911," said Halford.

After calling 911, Halford ran from apartment to apartment knocking on doors telling everyone to get out.

Natasha Clark was home with her infant son at the time. She says Halford's knocking was her only indication that something was wrong.

"I didn't know the extent of the fire so I grabbed my purse and I ran out the door and the man grabbed my son," Clark told WDRB.

The nearby Oak Park Baptist Church immediately opened their doors to those in need.

"Jesus said 'Love your neighbor,' and I think when he said that he probably meant your physical neighbor, so there they are and it gives us a chance to serve them, love on them in whatever way we can," Nathan Millican with Oak Park Baptist Church told WDRB.

The Red Cross also came to offer food and water to the families.

It took twenty-two firefighters from the Jeffersonville Fire Department to control the flames.

Departments from Utica and Charlestown also came to assist.

The windy conditions made it a challenge for them.

Fire officials believe the fire started in the middle of the building on the second floor, possibly in an attic space.

Families say they're relieved everyone got out safe and will have to figure out a way to replace all their belongings.

The fire marshal is investigating a specific cause.

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