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COLLEGE STATION- Seven residents including several college students have been displaced from the Varsity II Apartments that caught fire near the Texas A&M campus this afternoon.
It happened at at the corner of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive in College Station around 3:30pm Monday afternoon.
College Station Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from several second story windows. Tim Hamff with the College Station Fire Department says additional crews were called in after the fire and the rising temperatures combined proved to be too much. "Crew went in with our first crew of six units that we sent to the scene. They quickly assessed it and realized they had a lot larger fire hidden within inside the apartment and called for additional units.With the heat and everything it was easier for us to call more people and take more rest periods, " Hamff says.
Investigators believe the cause of the fire was accidental and was possibly started by a maintenance worker who used a torch for plumbing purposes in one of the vacant units upstairs. Two Blinn College students were inside their apartment when the fire broke out.
"Right when I opened the door, we heard the sirens and that's when we opened the door and there was black smoke."
Officials say everyone made it out safely, but at one point fire crews were faced with a rescue situation. Hamff says, "They had not only a fire attack, but they also had several residents that were still inside. We actually had several hanging out of windows asking for help."
Several residents were checked out for smoke inhalation, but no one was hurt. Three units on the second floor were damaged by smoke and water.
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