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Neighbors band together after apartment fire

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The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but fire officials say one of the residents admitted to warming clothes on a stove top and accidentally starting the fire. Luckily no one was injured but officials note that had it not been for the bravery of Good Samaritans, things could have turned out tragically different.

Steve Green became just one of a few heroes after a the country corner apartment building caught fire. "I just went around to all the houses and knocked on the doors to make sure everyone got out alright and fortunately no one was trapped inside."
Assistant fire chief Fred Sanders said, "At one point the fire began to grow and flames were extending above the roof 20 to 25 feet."

Fire crews were on the scene within 2 minutes of being called but in the meantime these neighbors banded together. Letha Johnson is one of those neighbors. "When I went to the back it was a couple that had jumped out the window or something and didn't have any clothes on so I ran back in the house and got some clothes for them to put on."

Sanders says the 2 alarm fire required additional manpower and equipment, bringing more than 40 firemen and women and several trucks to get the blaze under control. Sanders says it gets cold this time of year but everyone should think safety first when it comes to heating your home or clothing. "It can be dangerous, this person could've been killed and other people could've been killed because of this."

Neighbors say they're counting their blessings. Johnson said, "When we found out that everybody was good and okay, that just made my day so I'm very grateful." Green concluded, "That's it, just do what you got to do in situations that arise."

6 families were displaced from the apartments, but fire crews worked hard to make sure the nearby apartments didn't catch fire.

The Red Cross is providing assistance with these fire victims but if you want more information on how you can help call our local Red Cross office at 318.865.9545.

 

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