Fire Damages Bryan Apartment Complex

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Several Bryan residents were left homeless Friday after a fire swept through their apartment complex.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. Friday at the Plainsman Apartment Complex in the 3800 block of Plainsman.

One building was destroyed, but no one was injured.

Residents watched closely as fire crews battled the blaze just one building away from the apartments they call home.

"I live here and I'm hoping it won't spread," resident Lashonda Coleman said. "Everything is in there, all my stuff."

"Hopefully the stuff doesn't transfer our way to get to our clothes and everything else," Jonathan Alvarado said.

Alvarado was at home when the fire started, and when he was told to evacuate he thought it was only a joke.

"My friend knocked on the door and said your apartment is catching fire, and I said no you're kidding," Alvarado said.

As soon as he walked outside, he knew it was no joke.

Fire officials say the fire started in one building and quickly spread through the breezeway to another. Officials say eight apartments were damaged.

After an hour the fire was contained.
Some residents spared the heartache felt by others.

An official cause has not been determined.
Initial reports had indicated something may have been left on a stove inside one of the apartments.

The investigation will continue into why the fire started.
As some residents, with help, start to rebuild their lives.