© Dave Mathieson - TC Media
Fire engulfs the second floor at the back of an apartment building in Amherst April 14.
Firefighters, police and the Red Cross were at the scene of an apartment fire on the corner Dickey and Rupert Streets in Amherst late April 14
The fire started at about 8:30 p.m. and was contained to an apartment on the second floor. Although the fire didn‚Äôt spread, smoke could be seen throughout the building.
‚ÄúMy daughter and me had gone to the store and we just pulled in, and the apartment below ours was on fire,‚ÄĚ said Darlene Melanson, who lives on the third floor directly above the fire.
She ran into the apartment before firefighters arrived on the scene.
‚ÄúI had to run in to get my dog out and there was smoke everywhere. The whole back of the house is gone,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe lost everything. I‚Äôm a single mother and I lost everything.‚ÄĚ
Witnesses at the scene say a single male occupied the second floor apartment that caught fire.
The apartment‚Äôs maintenance man says everybody got out safely.
‚ÄúNobody will be allowed back in tonight,‚ÄĚ he said.
He estimates that 16 apartments are currently being rented inside the apartment buidling and hopes people will be able to return to the buidling on Tuesday.
Melanson was still looking for her cat as firefighters were putting the fire out.
Just as she started to cry about not being able to find her cat, a firefighter carried a fluffy white and grey cat from the apartment building. Melanson ran across the street but, unfortunately for her, it wasn‚Äôt her cat.
Another person stranded outside her apartment was Kristie Porter. She has a five-year-old daughter, a three-year-old son, and another baby on the way.
‚ÄúI just set up all my baby stuff,‚ÄĚ she said.
They were watching a movie when they heard sirens.
‚ÄúWe thought it (the sirens) was the movie,‚ÄĚ said Porter.
A friend ran downstairs and came back up to tell them the fire department was there.
Porter scooped up her kids and her dog Hydro, and exited the building safely.