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Giddings Apartment Fire Destroys Four Units

Fire Displaces 16 Families


A fire destroyed several apartments in Giddings last Sunday morning. PHOTO BY JOEL LOPEZ. A fire destroyed several apartments in Giddings last Sunday morning. PHOTO BY JOEL LOPEZ. Rolling Oaks Apartments in Giddings suffered a fire early Sunday morning, January 15, beginning at about 3 a. m. Firefighters from the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department, along with members from the South Lee County VFD and Lincoln VFD, arrived on the scene. They were helped by the Giddings Police Department and Sheriff Rodney Meyer and Deputies Allen and Ayres.

Four apartments suffered extensive fire damage, while eight additional units suffered extensive smoke and water damage. It appears the fire started in apartment 704 in the middle of Building 7. According to Spencer Schneider, GVFD, the wind was from the south and it created a problem for the adjacent apartments.

There are 16 units in each building at Rolling Oaks. All 16 families in Building 7 were displaced due to the clean up and ongoing repair of the complex.

Approximately 40 firefighters fought the fire for five hours, leaving the scene at about 8:30 that morning.

Schneider said, “The American Red Cross was on the scene by 7 a.m. to hand out vouchers to those who were displaced. They responded so quickly and did a great job for us.”

Schneider said, “It was pretty cold out and there wasn’t any place on the immediate site to put everyone. Several people in the apartments had families nearby and went to stay with them. Others used the vouchers and got hotel rooms in the area.”

“Everyone who helped did a great job. The fire was contained real quickly, but it took some time to clean up the debris, which is why we were there until after 8,” Schneider continued.

The investigation is ongoing.

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