RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A charred roof, collapsed walls and the smell of smoke still lingered in the air Sunday afternoon after a fire broke out at an apartment complex on Shanda Drive in Raleigh earlier in the day.

Fire crews were called shortly after 5 a.m. to Legacy at Six Forks, an apartment complex on Shanda Drive.

(Al Currie/CBS 17)

“No one ever thinks that these things can happen to them, but they can truly happen to any of us,” Cally Edwards of the American Red Cross said.

CBS 17 spoke with a woman off camera who said her mother was in one of the apartments when the fire broke out. She said her mom had to escape the apartment barefoot. Red Cross volunteers were quick to jump into action.

“For many of these folks, they don’t have somewhere to go, or they might be able to stay with family as well, but the Red Cross can provide some financial assistance to help them with those urgent needs,” Edwards said.

While 10 people were displaced, no one was injured.

Red Cross volunteers said this weekend alone they responded to a number of fires in the Raleigh area, and during this time of year, they’re used to seeing an increase in house fires.

“We’ve been having such beautiful fall weather, but this weekend we did see a little bit of the cold,” Edwards said. “The temperatures dropped a little bit, and with that, we always see an uptick in home fires because people are turning on their heat. They’re starting to do things to stay warm.”

It’s a tragic reminder to check your smoke alarms frequently.

“When your smoke alarm goes off, you typically have less than two minutes to escape your home, so that is really about life safety, grabbing your loved ones, and getting out of the house,” Edwards said.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cause of the fire was unknown.