Seven families were displaced after a morning fire destroyed an apartment complex on Shears Road in Lamar County.
Members of the Lamar County Volunteer fire department responded to a call of an apartment fire shortly before 10:00 a.m. at the North Lamar Apartments located off Shears Road.
“When firefighters arrived the fire was visible in two apartments, but a strong north wind fueling the fire pushed it to additional apartments,” said Northeast Lamar Fire Chief Kyle Hill.
According to North Lamar Apartment's owner Debra Mauldin a total of eight units were destroyed, however one of them was vacant.
“Everyone was out of the building, so we have no injuries, and we are happy about that, we can always replace a building, you can't replace a life,” said Mauldin.
Mauldin stated that there are several units available at the Shears Road complex where some families will be able to move in to, as well as additional ones in Purvis that is an option as well.
Red Cross volunteers were also on scene helping families that were displaced by the fire as well as working to provide temporary housing as needed for the victims.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and it will be later this afternoon or tomorrow morning before the investigation can begin.