We were told by witnesses that a chair on the porch of one of the units caught fire and no one could find a hose to put it out. The blaze grew and five units eventually ended up being damaged so badly the families were forced out.
We caught up with friends and family who were taking clothes and household goods from the lower units Sunday.
"Basically, we're just trying to salvage everything we can. The two up top-I think that's where it started. It's a total loss upstairs. They lost everything," said a family member.
The Jackson Fire Dept. is investigating the blaze. It's the third major apartment complex fire involving several units in the capital city so far this fall. Another Jackson complex and one in Flowood went up in flames, leaving several families homeless.
Meanwhile, a Saturday fire in Saucier also left a family without a place to stay. Firefighters said no one was home when they got there Saturday afternoon, around the same time of the apartment fire. The house reportedly had heavy smoke and water damage.
No injuries were reported in either fire.
Video of the Southside Terrace apartment damage