A stubborn fire destroyed an apartment complex in Carmel Tuesday and left nine people – all in the same family – homeless.
Crews were called to the four-unit building on Route 2 around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
One of the women living there said she smelled smoke in the basement, then raced around to get everyone out.
The fire quickly spread to the roof of the building.
Two cats also made it out safely.
Local business owner Wayne Elston says his relatives lived in each of the apartments, including his daughter and granddaughter.
“It’s just terrible, it’s terrible. My daughter’s lost everything, my granddaughter lost everything. Everybody’s lost everything. We’re having a hard enough time in our family as it is. You know my wife is sick. Didn’t need this to happen. No, no.
Carmel Fire Chief Michael Azevedo says there have been several challenges in fighting this fire.
“There’s no hydrants in Carmel. Everything has to be trucked in or come from a dry hydrant. Our dry hydrants are frozen, they’re limited in water supply. It took us several hours to get that under control. ”
Azevedo says crews from at least nine towns were called in to help fight the fire.
A ladder truck from Brewer was also needed to get water on the roof.
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started it.
Route 2 in Carmel Village is closed and isn’t expected to open until later Tuesday evening.
The Red Cross has been called in to help all of the people in the apartment complex.