Early Sunday morning, a large fire engulfed a portion of an apartment complex in Big Spring.
According to Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson, Howard County 911 Dispatch Center received a call for assistance regarding a fire at the Ponderosa Apartments located in the 1400 block of East 6th Street at approximately 2 AM on Sunday morning.
The Big Spring Fire Department responded to the location and found multiple apartment units fully engulfed. BSFD immediately began firefighting efforts. The fire spread to adjoining units in the complex before BSFD personnel were able to get the fire under control at approximately 4 AM.
KBest News has been advised that the fire affected 11 units. Two people were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burn injuries. Their status is unknown at this time.
This fire is under investigation by the Big Spring Fire Marshall's office.
Big Spring Emergency Management in conjunction with the Red Cross have set up a Reunification Center at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at Howard College to assist those families affected by the fire. At this time, four families have been relocated. The Big Spring Emergency Chaplain Corp is also assisting the individuals and families affected by this fire. Howard College and the Big Spring Independent School District also provided assistance.
College Baptist Church is the current donation site for items to assist the families impacted by Sunday's fire at the Ponderosa Apartments.
According to Cameron Crow, a youth pastor with CBC, they have all the initial necessities taken care of at this point. Right now they are in need of Walmart Gift Cards, vouchers for The Chalet, 10 apartments that the families can stay in for 30 days, blankets, and furniture.
Drop off times for donations are 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM at College Baptist Church, corner of Birdwell Ln. and E. 11th Pl. in Big Spring (across from Howard College campus). If you have any questions, contact Cameron Crow at 832-660-4338.