HOWARD - Dozens of apartment residents are without a home tonight in Howard.
That's after the upper floor of their building went up in flames.
The Brown County Sheriff's Department says, fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze.
But, many are without any possessions.
The fire happened at Northern Pines Apartments on Memorial Drive in Howard.
The fire was isolated to one building in the complex.
"I looked up and there was just a little tip at the apex of the house, just a little flame shooting through," said Howard Young.
Young and his wife had moved into Northern Pines Apartments just three hours before the second floor of his building went up in flames.
"Within three or four minutes there was a flame running down the backbone of the house on the roof," said Young.
"I just grabbed my purse and my keys and by the time I had that the first police officer came and said it's on fire, get out," said Elizabeth Gill, who also lives in the same building.
The Brown County Sheriff's Department says multiple area first responders were called to the scene shortly after 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
"And when we arrived we found the second floor of the apartment building, it's a two story 24 unity building, with flames and we were able to make sure everyone was evacuated," said Sgt. Greg Tilly of the Brown County Sheriff's Department.
Firefighters from multiple agencies contained the fire to the south side of the apartment building.
They put out the fire by 7pm.
Officials say flames mostly stayed in the "C" unit, severely damaging approximately eight apartments.
For those who lived in those eight units, the process of recovery begins. Some we spoke with stayed upbeat.
"No pets were lost. No human life was lost. And clothes and that kind of thing, I can go out and buy some more tomorrow. I just don't know where I'm going to sleep tonight," said Young.
Others were visibly devastated.
"I've lost everything," said Gill.
Gill says she was days away from getting approval for renter's insurance.
"I called on Tuesday, but I never heard back," she said.
As residents wait to pick up the pieces, fire crews continue the investigation into what could have started this fire.
The Red Cross was on scene assisting fire victims with immediate needs, including lodging, food, clothing and medication.
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