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Families lose homes in Abbeville apartment blaze

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Eight apartments were involved in the fire at Oakland Apartments in Abbeville. (May 19, 2014/FOX Carolina) Eight apartments were involved in the fire at Oakland Apartments in Abbeville. (May 19, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Eight apartments were involved in the fire at Oakland Apartments in Abbeville. (May 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) Eight apartments were involved in the fire at Oakland Apartments in Abbeville. (May 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Red Cross is helping several families after a fire destroyed a two-story apartment building in Abbeville on Monday night.

Assistant City Manager Shawn Bell said the city of Abbeville Fire Department responded to the fire at Oakland Apartments on Virginia Avenue near Cambridge Street and East Greenwood Street at about 8 p.m.

Once on scene, Bell said the fire crews quickly discovered the fire had started in the kitchen of one of the units and were able to contain it by 8:22p.m. But by then, the fire had spread. Bell said four units are considered a total loss, but all eight units in the building will likely be deemed uninhabitable. 

The Abbeville Fire Department says it's not likely any charges will be filed. 

The Red Cross sent in four Disaster Action Team members to help the families with a place to stay along with funds for food and clothes. The team will also set up an Emergency Aid Station Tuesday to provide cleaning and other supplies for those in need.

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