Sherman apartments destroyed by fire

By: Charlie Haldeman Email
By: Charlie Haldeman Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A two-alarm fire tears through a Sherman apartment complex Monday night, destroying several units. Dozens of people were home when the fire broke out around 6:45 p.m.

It happened at the Southgate apartment complex on Travis Street.

Sherman firefighters say it started on the second floor of building two. Dozens were forced to evacuate as the flames spread quickly through a common attic.

Sherrie Guess lives in one of the units that was destroyed, and lost almost everything she owns.

"The roof just caved in on it. You know like the whole thing right there in the center there. That's where I stay. It just caved in and then I saw the flames coming out my window and all the smoke. I said, "Oh Lord." It was coming out the door. My house. My apartment is burning up," Guess said.

Around a dozen units were damaged or destroyed, and power was cut to the entire complex, which includes around 60 units.

The Red Cross has a shelter set up for those residents. About 150 people are affected.

It took about an hour for firefighters to bring it under control.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

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  • by citizen of Location: Sherman on Feb 19, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    Wow! I’d like to say “Great job Sherman Fire and other responding agencies”. (Apartment fire) Thank you for everything you do for our communities. I wish Sherman City Government took better care of you. You guys deserve so much more. I once served on the city council, and pretty much had my hands tied. I think it’s time things begin to change in this City, Especially in the areas of Fire/Police. (The people that protect us daily) I hope this letter spurs a little hope for you all. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE…. ?
  • by mark Location: sherman on Feb 19, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    Hey Bub, why don't you post your address in Shertown, you could help out and have a couple of them stay with you.
  • by Chuck Location: Sherman on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    Now is the time for SISD to offer somebody some money for those apartments. Washington school has virtually zero ground space. This would give the school some breathing room and rid that neighborhood of an eyesore.
  • by Bub Location: Shertown on Feb 19, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    This is really very sad. These people are gonna need help big time. Most didn't have too much to begin with, lot's of immigrant families lived there. Say what you will about immigrants, they still need shelter and food. Hopefully the community can pull together and help out.
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