Fire at Florence apartment building displaces at least 7 people; no injuries reported

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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — No one was hurt Wednesday afternoon in a fire that displaced at least seven people and damaged several units of an apartment building in Florence, authorities said.

Crews responded at 3:47 p.m. to the blaze in the 300 block of Royal Street and found heavy smoke coming from the front of the two-story Live Florence apartment complex. The American Red Cross was called to assist those who were displaced.

Fire investigators have begun trying to figure out what caused the fire that destroyed one unit of the complex and caused smoke and water damage in two other units, according to Florence Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Johnson. The complex was formerly known as the Magnolia Trace Apartments.

Fire officials said the fire was brought under control within about 20 minutes, but crews remained at the scene late in the afternoon to clean up and investigate the cause of the blaze. The cause has not been determined.

The Florence Fire Department responded with three engine companies, a ladder company and a command officer. Florence police also responded to help with traffic control.

No other information was immediately available. Count on News13 for updates.

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