The fire started just before 5:00. I was stunned to hear the call come over the scanner at my house. I glanced out my upstairs bathroom window and could see smoke and flames leaping into the air. You can imagine how fast I ran out the door with my camera.
A young woman was near hysterics running back and forth. It looked like many people ran out of the building taking nothing but their coats.
The streets around my house are mostly blocked off as write this. I can hear evac alarms from the engines. The blue lights of police cars reflecting off my neighbors windows are strobing in my eyes. The roof of the building is now on fire. I'm going back out...
The top floor is still burning. The engines were sounding evacuate alarms to warn all companys on scene of collapsing walls. They are bringing in a State Command Post vehicle, and the Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.
I heard a few officers had minor smoke inhalation from evacuating the building when they first arrived on scene. The fire appears to have started on the back porch.