An alert Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy is being credited for reporting an early morning apartment fire just off Blue Angel Parkway.

The fire was reported just before 3:00 a.m. this (Sunday) morning at the Stoddert Place Apartment complex.

According to firefighters, the fire appears to have started downstairs where two adults and 4 children were sleeping upstairs.

Authorities say 20 units from several area fire departments responded and managed to confine the fire to the one apartment.

A total of 19 residents were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.