MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — The Mocksville Fire Department says more than a dozen people are without a home after a fire destroyed an apartment building in the Davie County town Friday morning.
Davie County Fire Marshal Jerry Myers says the fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. at 719 East Lexington Road.
Myers says there are two different buildings in the complex with four apartments in each building.
One of the buildings was destroyed, Myers said.
A total of 13 people are displaced, but no injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced.
According to residents in the building, DJ Allison, 21, was the first to notice the fire.
Allison said he was fixing a late night snack before bed when he noticed the porch was on fire.
He ran to alert everyone in the building, even carrying a seven-year-old neighbor outside wrapped in a bed sheet.
Allison said he then went around the back of the building where a young family of three was trapped in a second-floor unit.
Hubert Kohrs threw his 10-month-old child Aidan out of the window into the waiting arms of DJ Allison, and then he and his wife Amanda climbed down from the window with help from a light fixture.
“I told him to let go. I had it in my mind, I didn’t say it out loud, I was like ‘Oh Jesus’ and I caught him,” Allison said.
Kohrs said dropping his child, wife, dog, and eventually himself out of a window gave him one of the worst feelings he’s ever had, but he also said he had no choice.
“The flames were blocking the front door and the window was our only escape,” Kohrs said.
The Mocksville Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the flames under control, Myers said.
The American Red Cross has given residents temporary housing at a local Quality Inn.
The local Walmart also pitched in with $200 worth of clothing for the victims.