The Spartanburg City Fire Department says an apartment fire that displaced multiple families on Christmas Eve was set intentionally.
According to fire officials, arson dogs detected an accelerant at the scene of the fire.
Firefighters worked to contain the blaze at the Crown Pointe Apartment Homes located at 201 Powell Mill Road, which started around 5:50 a.m. Sunday.
One woman had to be rescued from the third floor of the burning building. Firefighters say she was hanging from the window and crews used a ladder to bring her down and one firefighter made a heroic grab to get her down. They said she had minor injuries, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
One resident said he was in his underwear when the fire began and he was able to run back inside to get his clothes, as well as rescue his aunt and help his friend and and his friend's family get out of the building.
Fire officials say the building contained 17 rooms, and all but one side of the building was completely destroyed. They said the apartments were either burned or heavily damaged by water.
Red Cross is assisting the 54 residents affected by the fire with necessities and lodging. They have opened a shelter at the First Baptist Church on East Main Street in Spartanburg for those residents.
The City of Spartanburg, North Spartanburg, Una, Hilltop and Westview Fire Departments responded to the blaze.
No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters said Tuesday that the incident was still under investigation.
No suspects have been named at this time.
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