More Security Measures In Place After Seventh Apartment Fire

More Security Measures In Place After Seventh Apartment Fire

Seventh fire at Little Rock apartment complex raises some eyebrows.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A fire rips through a Little Rock apartment complex for the seventh time since February!
The latest --  happening overnight -- at the Forest Place Apartment complex.

Firefighters say it started in a unit, but smoke damaged several others.

The complex -- is all too familiar with flames particularly last month -- which resulted in 130 tenants being displaced.

Tonight, FOX16 has learned that some or all of the fires could be the result of criminal activity.

Because arson is suspected, apartment officials are now working with state and city police.

Also, the Little Rock Fire and Police Departments are making extra visits to the apartment complex to patrol the area.

There's also added security cameras, still some say it's just not enough.

Ryan Gattin moved out of the apartments because, "Our lives are more important than sticking it out there."

There, being the Forest Place Apartments, where sirens and firetrucks have become a common sight.

Captain Edwin Woolf with the Little Rock Fire Department said, "We're going to go ahead and say arson is involved."

Captain Woolf said many of the fires started in either a dumpster or trash chute.

In a news release from Forest Place Apartments, it states the most recent fire happened when furniture cushions caught fire in a corridor.

Captain Woolf said, "We're not going to say all seven were set, but we certainly know that some of them were."

The city's code enforcement office is also looking into the fires to see if anything could've prevented these blazes.

Victor Turner with the City of Little Rock said, "We're still investigating the history of complaints and to see if we had any previous violations."

The city should be finished with their investigation into the apartments by Monday.

But people like Gattin say no safety measures will make him feel safe, and that's why he moved out.

He said, "It's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured."

Forest Place Apartments is offering a $35,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

So far police have not made any arrests in this case.

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