By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Two buildings of the Campus Trails apartments caught fire Sunday morning, leaving the structures uninhabitable but causing no injuries.
Firefighters received a call at 10:21 a.m. Sunday that the third floor of building A of the complex, which is located on Campus View Drive near the Mississippi State University campus, was on fire.
The wind-driven fire spread to building B, which is attached to building A, said A.K. Rosenhan, fire services coordinator for Oktibbeha County.
The roofs were destroyed on both buildings, and the third floors are uninhabitable, while the first and second floors have smoke and water damage, Rosenhan said.
About 72 residents have been displaced.
No injuries were reported.
“We even saved three kittens,” Rosenhan said.
MSU and the Red Cross are working to find displaced students new residences, just as they did earlier this month when a fire destroyed three buildings at the Crossgates Apartments in Starkville.
Rosenhan said that fire was much worse than the one Sunday at Campus Trails.
Sunday’s fire could’ve been worse had the city and county fire departments not worked together so well, Rosenhan said. He also gave credit to the sheriff’s department, the university and the Red Cross.
A fire earlier this month destroyed three apartment buildings at Crossgates Apartments in west Starkville. And in late December a fire claimed the lives of nine people at the Academy Crossing complex in Starkville.
Click view slideshow link above to see slideshow of photos from the fire.