As the flames raged and no one knew how far they would spread, neighbors tried to save each other.
"I started banging on everybody's door, 'You gotta get out,'" said Jarreal Miller.
The flames were contained to two units.
Fire investigators have ruled out arson.
Keith Merritt lives in the apartment where the flames appear to have sparked. When asked if any of his belongings appeared salvageable he said, "doesn't look like it." Merritt lost four dogs in the fire.
No injuries were reported.