Five families were displaced Monday evening after fire heavily damaged their apartment building in the Sussex Downs complex.

The Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to the fire just after 8 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of Building C at the Sussex Downs Apartments, located at 1125 Magnolia Drive.

Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King said all of the occupants of the 20-unit, two-story building were able to evacuate. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire, which King said appeared to have originated from a second floor balcony, is under investigation.

He estimated damage to the $2 million building at $400,000. King said it was not equipped with automatic fire sprinklers


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