20 displaced after Jefferson City apartment fire

The American Red Cross is helping multiple mid Missouri families after a fire destroyed the apartment building they lived in.

Just days before Thanksgiving five Jefferson City families are left with next to nothing.

The fire happened on at an apartment building on the 600-block of Mulberry street in just after 4 Saturday morning.

"There were flames coming out of the roof and the back two apartments and hallway were pretty much on fire and the whole roof was on fire," witness Daniel Christensen said.

20 people were inside the apartment building when the fire began, including several children and two infants.

Christensen said his main concern was to make sure everyone made it out safely.

"Everyone was trying to get the kids out right away and it got pretty scary some of the other tenants actually brought couches over for people to jump onto," Christensen said.

Fire officials believe the fire began on the third floor, possibly in a hallway or common area of the building.

"It TMs under investigation by our department, by the Jefferson City police department and we're also being assisted by the state's fire marshal's office," Jefferson City Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Barbour said.

While the building seemed to be a total loss, the damage could have been much worse.

"Ya know, the building is just a building, so I TMm just glad everybody got out," Christensen said.

With thanksgiving just around the corner, they're just happy to have each other.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced families with their immediate needs like clothing, food and shelter.