COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents were seen sitting outside their apartments Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out and caused smoke and water damage that morning.
Daniyah Tate said fire officials instructed them to stay outside as the smoke from their apartments cleared out.
Two people banged on the doors of Railroad Street apartments A and B around 3 a.m., she recalled.
The fire started in the 1100 block of Ash Street and damaged the two apartments directly behind it.
The apartment on Ash Street was a total loss, according to Columbus Fire Department spokesman Anthony Colom.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Ruby Bradford, who lives in one of the apartments that sustained water and smoke damage, said she was in shock when she woke up to the apartment on fire.
"It was horrible," she said. "I never thought that I would be in something like this before."
The families said they are waiting for the Red Cross to do an investigation and hopefully give them temporary housing assistance.