TROY, Ohio (WDTN) - A fire that sent people frantically jumping from second story windows was intentionally set.
That is the word from investigators in Troy.
The fire broke out early Wednesday morning in an apartment building on Foss Way in Troy.
Residents made their way back through the day to see what, if anything, was salvageable from their homes.
Seconds after escaping his burning apartment building, Anthony Smith snapped a picture.
"I didn't realize it was as bad as it was, at first, then I came over here and saw how big it was," said Anthony Smith, fire victim.
In a matter of minutes, he says the raging fire consumed most of seven unit building.
"It spread like wildfire."
So quickly in fact, residents on the other side had little chance to escape.
The fire chief says after getting that call, his crews were on the scene within four minutes, but for some trapped inside, that was simply too long to wait.
"Two of the individuals had already jumped from the second floor. The third one was still there and actually jumped while our guys were still there," said Fire Chief Chris Boehringer, Troy Fire Department.
All three victims were taken to a nearby hospital. Two were later transported to Miami Valley in Dayton.
Their names and conditions have still not been released.
Smith says he feels fortunate to have escaped unharmed, even if his possessions didn't. "I'm kind of apprehensive to go in and check it out."
We were there as Smith and his best friend who came all the way from Muncie Indiana, got a first look at the devastation.
"I was really glad to see him when he pulled up, absolutely," said Dave Roane, friend.
Although water and smoke damaged, Smith says most everything in his apartment can be salvaged. "Thank my lucky stars on that one."
Investigators say not everyone who lived here is as fortunate. The other side of the building has been declared a total loss.
Meaning not only did the residents who lived here lose everything they owned, they also lost their home.
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