GLADSTONE, Mo. -- A dozen apartments in the Northland were destroyed during an early morning fire Tuesday.
It happened at the Crown Heights Apartments just after 1 a.m. Firefighters say the fire started on the bottom floor of one of the buildings and spread through the roof.
An additional 12 apartments have smoke and water damage. Firefighters credited a firewall with containing the fire to one building. Residents also credited working smoke alarms with waking them up.
"Smoke detectors woke me up, and I shut off mine in my apartment before I realized there was nothing burning in my apartment," resident Angela Condos said. "Then I realized it was coming from the whole building."
Crews did have to rescue two children and a woman from balcony, but so far no injuries have been reported.
A fire investigator is on the scene trying to determine what caused the blaze.
The American Red Cross is also on the scene helping families find a place to stay.