*Update: The Fire Marshall has ruled the cause of a fire that left 17 units condemned and 90 people displaced at Apex at Ashton Green Apartments in Newport News Monday is undetermined.

The extensive damage has made it too difficult to determine where and how the fire started.

NEWPORT NEWS -- The day after a Newport News apartment fire, which left 90 people displaced, two people injured and as many as 17 units condemned, investigators were back at the scene searching for a cause.

Crews battled the fire at the Apex at Ashton Green Apartments in Newport News much of the afternoon on Monday.

According to Battalion Chief James Barrick with the Newport News Fire Department, the three-story building was engulfed in flames when units arrived in the 300 block of Boulder Drive around 2:30 p.m.

Barrick said one of the injured residents was transported to the hospital and another refused treatment.

Barrick said additional units were called to the scene to help extinguish the fire.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene helping displaced residents with food and clothing. Four residents were provided with lodging.

A cause has still not been determined.

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