Residents displaced by townhome fire in Arden

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Four families have been displaced by a fire in a townhome complex overnight in Arden.

Officials tell News 13, three out of the four families will be allowed to return home Thursday, but the resident whose townhome caught fire will not.

The Skyland Fire Chief says they all had to stay elsewhere overnight because of residual smoke but the Red Cross made sure they all had somewhere to spend the night.

The fire broke out just before midnight at 16 Pepperbrush Trail.

The good news is that no one was hurt.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to just one unit and keep the fire from spreading to the three others in the building.

Those who had to evacuate are thankful their neighbors were all looking out for one another, "just as we were coming down the stairs, one of our neighbors was knocking on the door to get us out. We realized that the neighbor whose place it was, she was already out. So we knew everyone was fine," said neighbor Cassandra Martin.

"Great work from the residents taking care of themselves and making sure they were all safe and getting out," added Skyland Fire Department Chief Ryan Cole.

Chief Cole says they had the fire under control within about 20 minutes and were able to save 95-percent of the structure.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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