8 people without homes after Burlington apartment fire causes over $200,000 worth of damage

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Eight people are without homes after four apartments caught fire Saturday, according to a Burlington Fire Department news release.

The fire reportedly caused around $250,000 worth of damage.

Burlington Fire Department officials arrived at 2008 South Mebane Street around 5:20 a.m. and found an active fire in the attic of a second-floor apartment unit.

A spokesperson for the fire department told FOX8 the fire started in a wall where there were a lot of electrical wires.

The official cause is undetermined because officials don’t know exactly what sparked the flames.

FOX8 spoke with a woman Monday who said she called 911 while her husband knocked on doors to make sure everyone got out of the building.

“You know someone can’t lay their head down on their bed on their own pillow at night right now so it makes me sad," said Trudy Burns, who lives at the apartments.

Fire officials had the fire knocked down minutes after arriving, the release says.

Four apartment units are uninhabitable and eight people are now without homes.

The American Red Cross is helping the people who lost their homes.

Alamance County EMS, Duke Energy and the American Red Cross helped the BFD.

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