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Apartment fire in Rock Hill leaves nearly two dozen homeless

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

Fire investigators are trying to determine was caused an apartment fire in Rock Hill that left nearly two dozen homeless.

The fire started just after 3:30 Friday afternoon.

20 firefighters battled the flames that tore through eight apartment units at the Yorktown Village Apartments off Ebinwood Road in Rock Hill.

Fire officials told WBTV there were no injuries but said the apartment building is a total loss.

A spokesperson for the Red Cross said the apartment complex's management company is putting the 20 residents displaced by the fire up in a local hotel.

The fire comes just five days before Christmas, but Debbie Hall, one of the residents displaced said that's not what matters.

"The most important thing is I'm here," she said. "We didn't lose anyone in this fire. Everybody is safe."

Hall said a neighbor called her at work to tell her the news. She immediately thought of her pets.

"I said, get my animals out," she recalled. "You got a key to my apartment, get my animals out. He said I've already tried they couldn't get them out. The flames were too bad, the heat was too bad."

But Hall was soon reunited with her pets, cats and dogs she calls her 'babies.'

"All of a sudden they said, 'Debbie look'," she said. "Here come two firemen carrying my animals out in their crates and I lost it."

Fire investigators will be on the scene through the night conducting their investigation.

There is no word yet on a damage estimate.

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