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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