GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Rachel Smith thought her kitchen was on fire when she smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon.
“I smelled something burning,” Smith said. “I went downstairs to check my kitchen because I was cooking and I saw people out my back window and I came out and it was engulfed in flames.”
She lives at Legacy Crossing Apartment Homes on Hahns Lane where just before 2 p.m. firefighters say a fire started in one the apartments nearby.
“I didn't know what had happened,” Smith said. “I didn't know if anybody was OK.”
"My heart breaks for them cause it could happen to anybody," neighbor Robin James said.
Neighbors say flames shot out the roof, luckily no one was hurt.
"I'm just glad that everybody's safe, out of the house," James said.
Lorie Arrington, the regional director for Alliance Management which runs the property, says 11 people are now displaced and are getting help from the Red Cross.
“Provide them with food, clothing, those type of things,” Arrington said.
The cause of the fire is still hasn’t been determined, according to investigators with Greensboro Fire Department.
“As a community, we don't want that to happen to any of us,” Smith said. “I couldn't imagine if that happened to me or my children or where we would go or what we do if that happened.”
The apartment complex is working on getting a few units ready for the families who were affected to move into, according to Arrington.
The property manager says the apartments should be ready by Wednesday.