Apartment home a complete loss after fire - WNEM TV 5


Apartment home a complete loss after fire

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It was a close call for residents who lived in a two-story apartment.

Flames were first spotted at 5:30 a.m.

Six to seven people lived in the building at the time, and the Red Cross has stepped in to help the victims that will now have to find another place to live. Firefighters said the building is a complete loss.

But the Red Cross has stepped in to help the victims of this fire.

"They'll get an allotment that allows them to have food," said Terry Baker, Red Cross. "It allows them to have clothing and a place to stay."

According to firefighters, some people didn't even have time to grab their shoes. 

"If I didn't wake up this morning to get up for work, everybody in there would have been dead," said resident William Dupens.

Dupens said he believes the fire was intentionally set, but there is no word yet from officials.

"I think this was done on purpose," Dupens said. "I got up this morning and smelled smoke getting ready for work and realized the back of the building was on fire. So I had to get everybody out."

Crews did have trouble knocking down the flames due to a frozen fire hydrant and a down wire.

Some minor injuries were reported.

The cause is still under investigation.

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