D191103 apt fire

Workers clean up Nov. 1 at the Decatur Place Apartments after a fire damaged eight units. [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]

An investigation into a fire last week at Decatur Place Apartments is still ongoing, said Decatur Fire Marshal Jason Jones.

Meanwhile, five of the eight families displaced want to remain at the complex, and the plan is for them to relocate to other apartments by next week, said Amy Kilgore, the manager of the apartment complex.

The apartments are located on Courtney Drive Southwest, and the burned building had eight units.

“We feel confident that the area of origin was at the front of the building, in the ground floor walkway area,” Jones said. “We feel confident about the cause,” he said, but he declined to release that information.

“We’ve very fortunate that no one was injured,” he said.

Decatur Fire and Rescue responded around midnight Oct. 31 to the fire.

Linda Johnson, the American Red Cross disaster program specialist for north Alabama, said a team of volunteers was at the scene and remained until 5 a.m. Nov. 1 working with residents to provide immediate emergency assistance. Twenty-six clients were assisted, and their cases remain open for at least 30 days, unless people no longer need assistance, she said.

Families were each given a Red Cross gift card to meet immediate lodging, clothing and food needs. “We followed up the next day to help with additional resources,” she said. 

Kilgore said she’s been overwhelmed with donations for the displaced residents.

“The community really stepped up,” filling the apartment complex clubhouse with donated clothing, she said.

Clothing is no longer needed, she said, but personal hygiene items, laundry detergent and towels and washcloths are being accepted and can be brought to the clubhouse.

marian.accardi@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_MAccardi.

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