Dozens Homeless After Fire Nearly Destroys Biloxi Apartment Complex

The flames are out and now an investigation is underway into the cause of a devastating apartment fire this afternoon in Biloxi.

The fire ignited around lunch time Sunday at the Saxony Apartment Complex on Highway 90.

Six apartments were destroyed, others suffered major smoke and water damage leaving dozens without a place to live.

"We loved it. We had the balcony that was big enough that we could have our dining table and lounge chairs and enjoy being out," said apartment residents Eula and Wendell Harper.

And it was while Eula and Wendell Harper were enjoying Sunday Lunch with friends that a fire started in their apartment that quickly spread out of control.

They spent most of the rest of the day watching everything they own go up in smoke.

"Down it goes. Diane. Somebody better get that durn car out of there," said Eula Harper.

The Harper's out of town guest were the only people injured during the fire, when they panicked and jumped from the second story balcony.

Other residents were just as lucky to escape with their lives.

Alex and Scott Smith who just returned from their honeymoon, were less worried about their own apartment, than their grandmothers.

"It look like from the second floor which is right above my grandmothers apartment but she got out all right," apartment resident Alex Smith said.

But Alex, her new husband, and her grandmother all will have shelter following the fire.

"We're just going to stay with my parents tonight and try an get in as soon as we can to see if everything's ok," Smith said.

All the other residents in the 48 unit complex also have a place to stay, at least for the next several days, thanks to the quick action of the local Red Cross.

Working with several local casinos, they secured rooms for the residents, until the damage is assessed, the power is restored, and investigators determine the cause of the fire that left residents of at least six units with nothing but memories.

South Mississippi casinos working together with the Red Cross and the Gulf Coast Gaming Association to secure the hotel rooms for those whose apartments were destroyed or damaged.

Officials say at least six fire Company's, along with EMT's, and Red Cross volunteers responded to this afternoon's fire.