EUGENE, Ore. — A 3-alarm apartment fire near the University of Oregon campus has displaced dozens of residents tonight.
Flames erupted on the second floor of an apartment complex on the 700 block of 14th Avenue just before 4:00 PM this afternoon.
“There’s basically smoke coming out of the first floor and then standing outside for like five minutes then it moved to the top floor,” said Samantha DeBenedetti, a resident and University of Oregon student.
DeBenedetti says she was just carrying on with her usual routine Saturday night when all the sudden her night took a turn for the worse.
“Basically, I was sitting in my room doing homework and then I heard a bunch of people yelling. I just kind of ignored and I kept going. I opened my door and I heard someone yell, ‘fire!’ and then I saw smoke coming up the stairs,” said DeBenedetti.
Not long after, residents lined the streets and watched helplessly as crews battled a fire in their complex.
“I come outside and there’s building smoke pouring out of those windows and it was really crazy. Totally shocking. It blew me away,” said Lyle Hubbard, also a student and lives in the complex next door.
Fire crews say the blaze started on the second floor but the damage spread to the first and third floors, causing extensive damage to the 40-unit complex.
Fortunuately, no one was hurt. Investigators say the American Red Cross is helping those without a place to stay for the night, but DeBenedetti says the red cross weren’t the only ones helping displaced residents saturday night.
“Pretty much everyone from surrounding buildings came outside like someone from a neighboring restaurant gave me this blanket and they’re serving coffee over there. Everybody just kept asking what was happening,” said DeBenedetti.
“Oh my gosh, I’m totally concerned. There are so many people and I don’t even know what’s going to happen with them. It’s very nuts. I send my prayers out to these guys,” said Hubbard.