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A blaze Saturday at Carrington Apartments damaged eight apartments in one block. Two of the units had the entire top floor burned away.

Two Orangeburg Department of Public Safety firefighters and one resident suffered minor injuries during a Saturday apartment fire.

ODPS Lt. Anthony Robinson said firefighters got the call at 6:40 p.m. of a fire at Carrington Apartments, located at 901 Corona Drive.

The first person injured was the man who lived in the unit where the fire may have started, Robinson said.

The man was treated at the Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

Two firefighters were injured by falling debris when they searched an apartment unit for four children who some passersby said may have been trapped inside.

Robinson said sheetrock and debris fell on the firefighters as they searched for the children in the apartment unit.

The firefighters are experiencing soreness and bruises, Robinson said.

They later discovered the children had left the apartment earlier and ran to safety.

The children’s mother attempted to reach them by calling and texting their cellphones, but the children left their phones in the apartment when they fled across the street.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 11 p.m.

Robinson said the fire remains under investigation by the Orangeburg County Fire District inspector.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to help families displaced by the fire.

Several fire departments went to the scene to help fight the fire, including the Jamison, Providence, Cameron and Rowesville departments, with Bowman helping in the city limits.

Eight of the apartments in the block were damaged, with two of the units having the entire top floors burned away.

“They’re older apartments with no firewalls. When it hit the attic, it spread,” Robinson said.

Firefighters were called to the complex four hours earlier to put out a dumpster fire. Officials do not know if the two fires are related.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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