GULF BREEZE, Fla. (WALA) - An apartment fire in Gulf Breeze has displaced several residents from their homes.
Neighbors say the fire started around 8 a.m. June 8, 2013.
The scene was devastating: an entire building and its six units destroyed by fire, with rainfall adding insult to injury.
"I was petrified, because the wind was blowing from the south and the flames were shooting out of the roof," said a resident who lives in an adjoining building.
That resident and others at The Breeze Apartments on Nightingale Lane were disrupted from normalcy Saturday morning when a fire broke out.
"I was taking a shower, when I came out of the shower I could here some noise out here, so I came to the slider and looked out and saw smoke coming out of her apartment," said the resident.
This witness described her experience off-camera to FOX10 News and wished to remain anonymous.
"So, I ran back, got dressed, I got an 89-year-old woman here that lives next door, so I got her out and we went down the stairs over there. I had to bring her over to the church, so she would have a place to sit down. We stayed there and watched the whole thing," said the resident.
At least six families including a resident manager were forced from their homes, which are now boarded up.
"I thought the flames were going to jump to our roof and that was going to be the end of it," said the resident.
Remarkably, none of the units on either side of the building that burned were damaged.
Those people returned to their homes late Saturday.
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