Apartment Fire Leaves Dozens Homeless

Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Sunday morning in Ocean Springs.

The fire broke out early Sunday morning at the Chateau Bayou apartment complex, leaving dozens of people, who lived at the apartment complex, homeless, and hoping for help from the community.

Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the fire, thanks to the heroics of some quick-thinking residents.

"I just started kicking in the doors, trying to get people up and out." said resident Brandon Plummer.

Brandon Plummer braved the flames and smoke to make sure his neighbors were safely out of their apartments.

"A lot of people were asleep." Plummer said.

"They were scared and everything, just trying to explain to them real quick they needed to get out, get their kids because the building was on fire." he added.

Thanks to Plummer and a few other brave residents, everyone escaped unharmed, but the fire did leave behind a trail of destruction.

"Your home, you're wondering is yours going to be the next one to go up in flames. You see your neighbors losing everything." said resident Michelle Coleman.

The fire broke out at about midnight Sunday morning and spread through about a dozen apartment units.

Residents won't know how much property they lost in the fire, until the fire marshal comes down and scopes out the scene, but at least one tenant believes she lost everything she owns.

"It's hard. It's really hard because everything I had, I went and paid for." said resident Dorothy Stamp.

For the past year, Dorothy Stamp and her 5-year-old son Marcus called the apartment complex home, now they're homeless.

"I told him, everything's going to be all right, and the only thing he said, is we don't have a house anymore, Mama. Where are we going to go, because although he's young, it's still hard to explain." Stamp said.

The fire may have destroyed most of Dorothy's possessions, but it hasn't wiped out her memories or hope that the community will pull together to help her, her young son and their neighbors rebuild their home and lives.

You can help Dorothy, her son, and other apartment residents by dropping off a donation.

The apartment manager will be collecting toys, clothes and other contributions at her apartment office.

For more information, you can call Chateau Bayou Apartments at 875-5025.

If you have any information on what may have caused the fire, please call Captain Lionel Cothern at the Ocean Springs Police Department, that number is 875-2211.