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Dozens displaced by apartment complex fire

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Dozens of people are out of their homes after a fire ripped through a Mid-Michigan apartment complex.

Firefighters were called to Lapeer Gardens Apartments, 2324 Lapeer Road in Flint, about 9 p.m. on March 18.

Nearly 40 people were pushed out of their homes because of the damage. The Red Cross has been called in to help find housing.

"I feel bad because everybody's got to find somewhere to move to," said Sharia Johnson, Flint resident.

Johnson lives a few doors down from the apartment complex.

It’s not clear what started the fire, the State Fire Marshal is investigating.

"We had some young children that were out. They were knocking on the doors. They were waking everyone up. We call them our little heroes. Thank God for them," said Andriana Smith, property manager of the apartments.

Smith said children in the complex were actually helping people get out of the building before first responders arrived.

She said management is looking at doing some fundraising for the tenants.

"I'm reaching out to some of the churches in the community to possibly adopt a family. Maybe help us out with some donations, food, clothes, shoes, financial donations. Whatever they can help with. Also, getting other apartments ready so they have a place to stay," Smith said.

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