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Brigham City fire displaces residents in 19 apartments

Residents of 19 units in a Brigham City apartment complex were displaced Monday night by a fire that caused up to $150,000 in damage.
Residents of 19 units in a Brigham City apartment complex were displaced Monday night by a fire that caused up to $150,000 in damage.
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BRIGHAM CITY — Residents of 19 units in a Brigham City apartment complex were displaced Monday night by a fire.

At 7:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a call of a mattress fire at the apartment complex at 580 N. Main Street. Smoke was coming out the windows of the apartment when crews arrived, according to Jim Buchanan, director of emergency services for Brigham City.

The fire spread to the roof and then traveled rapidly to neighboring apartments. Firefighters from Corrine, Honeyville and Willard came to help Brigham City fire crews, but the blaze had damaged eight units beyond habitation before they could extinguish it.

"I just look at it now and it's just gone. It's to dust and there's nothing else that's there," resident Sammi Apodaca said.

She was at home alone with her son when the fire started. They escaped, along with the other families in the building.

Fire crews cut power to the building, which displaced residents in 11 other units, causing them to seek alternate housing for the night. Some residents stayed with family in the area. The American Red Cross teamed up with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to find housing for the 10 families other families without shelter.

Investigators planned to interview residents Tuesday to determine the cause of the fire. It was first reported as a mattress fire, said Brigham City Police Lt. Dennis Vincent.

Damage was estimated at between $125,000 and $150,000.