WESTERLY — A fire at the Morningside condominium complex on
Apache Drive caused significant damage to at least two units in a four-unit building early this morning.Resident of the complex said they were awakened by what sounded and felt like an explosion in a first-floor unit of the two-story complex.“We woke up from some explosion, it knocked everything off the walls” said William Pont, who has lived on the second floor and has lived in the complex for 15 years. He said he and his wife, Sandra, were awakened by the explosion just before 4 a.m. “We thought a tree hit the building or a car hit it,” Sandra said. “It knocked everything out of the cupboards.” When her son opened the door to find out what happened, he found the hallway filling with smoke, she said.Jean Moran, who lives next door to the first-floor unit where the fire appeared to have started, said she also heard a loud pop and found items knocked from her walls when she got up to see what happened. Residents reported flames coming from the first-floor unit, 15B, when they got outside.There are four units in each building. Moran said a total of eight people live in the four units in building 15.The complex is located at 50 Apache Drive, between routes 91 and 78 off Spuchy Drive. All residents were accounted for according to first responders. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for observation. The Pawcatuck Fire Department was called in to assist along with ambulance crews from Stonington and Charlestown. Pawcatuck firefighters were cleared from scene at 5:15 a.m. and EMS crews at 5:46 a.m. The Red Cross was responding to offer residents help. Pont’s unit on the second floor, and the first floor unit where the fire appeared to have started, appeared to be significantly damaged. Fire Chief John Mackay, who remains on the scene with a limited crew, called more firefighters back to the complex at 7:57 a.m. as flames were reported to be coming from a wall in one of the damaged units. That fire was quickly extinguished. The Morningside Condominium Association website indicates the complex was built in 1992.