Dothan Apartment Fire Leaves More than 16 Families Homeless

Just after 6 o'clock Sunday evening a major fire consumed an apartment building on Westgate Parkway in Dothan.

Fire officials say that building may be deemed a total loss.

Officials say they believe every resident made it out of the building safely, but are still working to confirm that.

16 units were inside the building, all of which were are currently being rented out.

The Red Cross was called in to assist residents who were left homeless.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however preliminary reports suggest lighning may have played a factor.

Apartment resident Henry Avery said, "i was in the dining room and we heard a loud crack and we shook the building we got up to see- we knew it was lightning that hit."

Chief Larry Williams with the Dothan Fire Department said, "We had to get our ladder trucks, deluge guns, water supply and that was the only way we could bring this fire under control so to answer your question- a lot of fire when we got here." >

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