Around 2 a.m., fire crews were called to the Village at Cliffdale apartments at 539 Cutchin Lane.
Officials rescued pets from inside the building after residents were evacuated. No one was injured, but flames badly damaged the structure.
Investigators said the cause of the fire appeared to be accidental. They said it began on a second-story balcony and traveled up the side of the building and into the attic. Three units have significant fire damage and none more have a combination of smoke and water damage.
One resident told ABC11 that she recently moved to the complex after getting married this past month.
"We were on the third floor of the apartment building and saw the fire from the sliding glass door and it just escalated to our apartment," Alexa Lane said. "We tried to put it out with the fire extinguisher, but it didn't go out. No alarms went off. We had to get out ... I called the fire department ... we were screaming for everyone else to get out, because nobody knew anything about it."
Lane and her husband, who is an Army specialist, were the residents displaced by the fire.
"We just moved into the apartment, we haven't been here a month, and bought everything new," Lane added. "We lost everything."
The Fayetteville Fire Department said nine adults and a child were displaced by the fire. Those who need it are getting help from the Red Cross. Seven other tenants are being relocated by apartment management because of lingering smoke odor.