ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC7) — Flames poured out of a top floor window in the Serrano apartment building in Arlington on Saturday.
“I looked out the window and seen the smoke rolling around the corner, because we’re a little over to the right and below it, and that’s about the time I knew we had to get out of there,” said Larry Teal, whose son lives in the building.
Teal shot cell phone footage of the flames as soon as he and his son got out of the building.
“I was knocking on doors letting everybody know, you know, you really need to get out,” he said.
Fire officials say they got the call around 11:20 on Saturday morning. They say around 25 apartment units were displaced.
On Saturday, those who call the building home set up chairs, found shade, and chatted with neighbors. They waited it out until the doors opened again.
“This has been a long day today and I just want to get in and rest up,” said Delia Jones, leaning against a car in the parking lot as she waited for an update.
A spokesperson with AHC, Incorporated says three families are displaced and they’re hoping that two of the families will be back in by Sunday. The company brought out food for those left sitting and waiting for answers.
“They’re giving away boxes of pizza and you can get water and stuff like that,” Jones said.
Fire officials say one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.