An early morning fire on Sunday, Sept. 16 destroyed the contents in one apartment and forced an evacuation of an apartment building, located at 710 18th St.

The Perry Police Department said the call came in at 4:58 a.m. on Sunday. The Perry Police and Fire Departments responded, along with Perry First Responders and Dallas County EMS.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Eiteman was the first to arrive on the scene from the fire department. He said the police department had already evacuated the occupants of the building.

When Eiteman arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the upstairs of the apartment building. He could also see flames through the window in the living room area of an apartment on the second floor.

The occupant of the second-floor apartment where the fire originated was at work at the time of the fire.

The fire, Eiteman said, was a room and content fire. He added that the fire was confined to the living room of the apartment. The contents of the living room were totally destroyed, Eiteman said.

The fire was contained to that apartment, but he added that there was water damage to the apartment directly below.

There was also some smoke damage to the entire apartment building, though Eiteman said it could be vented out of a window with a fan.

The fire was extinguished around 5:30 a.m. The occupants were then moved back into the building. Eiteman said he is working to determine the cause of the fire.

The Perry Chief will continue to update as more information is made available.