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Blaze affects 20 Hilton Head apartments

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Hilton Head Fire Rescue units are still at the scene of a fire that destroyed several apartments at the Wyndemere apartment complex.

The fire started at about 8:30 Wednesday night. Six out of the 20 apartments are unlivable.

No injuries have been reported. 

"This was a hard fought fire, they did everything they can and the firemen, they take it personal when they can't save more than what they were able to save last night," said Hilton Head Island Fire Chief LaVarn Lucas.

It took several hours and five fire engines to get the blaze under control. 

Fortunately, no one was injured but the entire apartment building is being evacuated out of safety.

"At this point, they're trying to rule things out, they're looking for if there might've been something electrical back there," said Hilton Head Fire Marshall Joheida Fister. "There are a couple grills at the back so they're just trying to see what's back there and rule out the possibilities."

A structural engineer and an electrician will also be inspecting the building before anyone is allowed to return.

Greg Johnson is one of many who's letting the victims store their stuff at his place. He says he was home when the fire broke out and tried to help.

"I grabbed a fire extinguisher, ran over there, kicked the door in, tried to put it out, just no way," said Johnson.

Linda Prosser let an entire family stay the night at her house.

"We took the cats and the two dogs and the lady and her fish and her roommate came home and they stayed with us," said Prosser. "My son gave up his bedroom so they could have a room."

Other people loaned their computers and cars to help the victims out.

When asked why they're doing it, their answer was simple:

"It's just the right thing to do. I'd want someone to do it if it was me or my kids. I'd want someone to be there to help them."

"Definitely," said Jacob Ponto. "Everyone here is like a family, everyone gets along."

The American Red Cross is assisting the victims. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

To help the fire victims, see this link.

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