NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - New Albany firemen received a call just before 8:00 a-m Thursday that smoke was coming from one of the apartments at "The Gardens" on Highway 15 South.
Building officials tell us no one was in the apartment that caught fire, and maintenance workers at the complex were able to help others in nearby apartments get out safely.
Tim Spires with The Gardens said, "We found out what door the smoke was actually coming out of, and we had to kick it in. Nobody was home. There were three kids in the bottom apartment and we pulled them out. There was one baby in the house with an adult and we got them out."
Gary Griffin with The Gardens said, "I was afraid somebody was going to get seriously hurt, burned or die. I wanted to make sure everybody was safe."
Fire crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control.
Fire Chief Steve Coker said, "The crews laid a line and made a real aggressive attack on the fire. It was pretty hot upstairs, but they went in and got it knocked out quick. They got it cut off and it didn't spread any further to the buildings."
Residents in this same unit say firemen were called here earlier this week because of electrical problems.
One resident says after that happened Tuesday, she and her fiance talked about leaving.
Ashley Couch said, "My fiance was saying we probably needed to go ahead and move our stuff out. I said let's just wait, let's just wait because we're going to move out in a week or so. Then this happened this morning, so I don't know."
Chief Coker said, "We were dispatched down here for a smell of smoke in an apartment in the same building. We don't know at this point in time whether it was an electrical issue that's going to be related or not."
Firemen will continue to investigate what may have started this fire.