A fire engulfed an apartment building in the West End Wednesday afternoon, displacing at least 14 people. The flames took over the top two floors of building in the Quarter Mill Apartments, off Quarter Creek Lane. Smoke and flames sent people frantically rushing from 28 apartments.
One resident, Darrell Scott, says he panicked after watching fire consume his building.
"I went to my patio, looked down to my left and saw an apartment fully engulfed in flames," said Scott.
Scott says he alerted as many of his neighbors as he could, banging on doors as he made his way out of the building.
"I didn't know if there was going to be an explosion…how quickly this fire was going to travel," continued Scott.
"It was just a massive amount of smoke, and the air was really toxic, and then the flames started to come…The whole sky was black," said Monica Lee, who lives across the street in a different building in the complex.
Firefighters controlled the flames within a half hour, rescuing two dogs and two cats. However, there is much left behind to be recovered.
"I grabbed my dog, and I put my cat in a carrier. But I couldn't find my other cat, so I just ran out….I'm concerned about my cat, but I'm also concerned about where I'm going to live," said Jennifer Griggs, who was home at the time the fire broke out.
Firefighters say none of the apartments are livable, half damaged by fire, the other half experiencing smoke and water damage.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
The Red Cross is helping families with food, clothing and a place to stay.
The Westhunt Baptist Church, on 3801 West End Drive in Henrico, is also opening its doors Wednesday night for anyone without a place to stay.
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