Several Hamburg apartment units in the 200 area of North Bartlett Street were destroyed following a fire Friday morning.
Resident Brandice Williams said she was getting ready for work when the fire broke out. A noise in the kitchen alerted her that something was wrong.
“I heard a snap and a pop, and where my electrical box was, that is where the fire was,” she said.
Williams quickly called 911 and knocked on her neighbor’s door to let them know there was a fire, and when a police officer arrived, he used his mobile fire extinguisher to put out the flames in the kitchen, she said.
Though the fire appeared under control, it soon became evident that the flames had gotten inside the walls, Williams said.
Responders from the Hamburg Fire Department, the Milo Fire Department and the Crossett Fire Department were at the scene and had the fire contained to a single building in the apartment complex, but all of the units in the building were significantly damaged and the roof collapsed during the blaze.
“What I have on, what my daughter has on, that is what we’ve got,” Williams said.
As firefighters battled the blaze, it emitted a significant amount of smoke, and the Hamburg School District relocated students from Albritton Elementary to Noble Elementary. Albritton is located directly across the street from the site of the fire.
School district representatives said on social media that while students were not in danger from the fire, they were moved because of the intensity of the smoke.
“We appreciate the hard work of our firefighters, local authorities, and school officials,” a district spokesperson said. “As always, our first priority is the safety of our students!”
No one was injured in the fire.