Area firefighters are on the scene of an apartment fire at The Views, located at 1800 Longcreek Road.
Columbia and Irmo firefighters attacked the fire for more than hour before reporting fire under control around 3:15 p.m. Crews are currently rehabbing and hitting hot spots according to the Columbia Fire Department.
No injuries are reported, according to the Columbia Fire Department. That may be, in part, due to the courageous act of a nearby construction worker.
Alexander Watson didn't plan on coming into work today, much less becoming a hero. But, after hearing a man yell from his upstairs apartment that he couldn't out, Watson grabbed a ladder and went to work. He climbed up the ladder and helped the man down.
The Columbia Fire Department reports four apartments were significantly damaged in the fire. Another eight sustained minimal damage and twelve others were not damaged. Thirty residents have been displaced and are being assisted by Red Cross, according to CFD.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Richland County Fire Marshal.