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Officials investigate overnight fire at PROSPER Apartments in South Bend

Fire officials respond to a fire at PROSPER apartments early Saturday morning
Published: Jul. 4, 2020 at 4:21 AM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Fire officials are investigating after a Saturday morning fire at PROSPER Apartments.

Crews were called to the complex off McKinley Ave. around 12:39 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, flames were shooting out of the roof of the two story building.

Occupants were able to get out safely, and no injuries were reported from civilians or firefighters.

For much of the fire, crews had to battle the blaze outside because it was not safe to be inside of the building.

With the flames now gone, some of those who live nearby say that multiple fires have happened at this apartment complex.

“We’re scared it might happen in our building,” nearby resident Timothy Powers said.

Another nearby resident says it is also important for those living at the complex to act responsibly.

“God is good,” nearby resident Chris Boykin said. “I mean they were protected this time. Next time they need to be careful. Holiday weekend, everybody drinking. Calm down at that. Drink more water. Be safe people. It could get uglier.”

Those 16 News Now spoke with didn’t know those who lived in the damaged building personally, but were sad to learn of the tragedy.

“I know a lot of people have memories from years and years that they are not going to be able to recuperate,” nearby resident Kim Grant Boykin said.

“We’re concerned about them because they lost everything in the apartments,” Powers said. “It would be terrible to wake up one morning and all your stuff be gone.”

There are multiple reported power outages in the area.

Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Stay with 16 News Now on air and online as we continue to learn more.

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