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Firefighters battle Barre apartment house blaze

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BARRE, Vt. -

Firefighters from Barre and seven other departments expect to spend all of Friday night battling an apartment fire in Barre.

Resident Amanda Alexander watched on.

She and her family may only be alive thanks to a phone call from a relative up the street.

"I had no clue my house was on fire and I went out there and there was flames everywhere and it was really scary to see," said building resident Amanda Alexander.

"It was in flames like so quickly that we probably wouldn't have got out if we didn't get that call," said building resident Kathy Huckins.

Alexander's mother Kathy Huckins shares the Elmwood Ave apartment with her daughter.

She grabbed the kids and found shelter at a nearby neighbor's house.

"It started on that backside there in the corner you could see heavy smoke coming from that one," said Deputy Chief Joe Aldsworth, Barre City Fire Department.

Aldsworth says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Everyone who lives in the apartments has been accounted for, but at least a couple of pets didn't make it out.

"With the amount of water and smoke that was in there I don't believe they survived," said Aldsworth

The hilly terrain created tough conditions for firefighters, and icy water flooded a basement of a home down below.

Tenants' challenges won't end when the fire is out.

"Our life was up there so we have nothing and it just sucks for us because we have to start over," said building resident Janine Evans.

But survivors say possessions can be replaced and are grateful to escape with their most precious cargo.

"Probably the most amazing thing in the world that nothing happened to my kids, they're the most amazing thing in my life. I don't know what I would do if any of them got hurt," said Alexander.

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