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Tenants Struggle to Recover Following Apartment Fire

Nearly 30 tenants at a West Little Rock apartment complex are working to salvage everything they can after a fire tore through their units Monday night.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Nearly 30 tenants at a West Little Rock apartment complex are working to salvage everything they can after a fire tore through their units Monday night.

As of Tuesday afternoon, fire investigators were still looking into the cause of the blaze at the Out-In-The Woods apartment complex.

Many homeowners feel like the blaze virtually handed them eviction notices. Billy Ellison came to help his sister get all she could out of her apartment Tuesday. After all the smoke and water damage, she isn't sure what she'll be able to use.

"She's good because she has insurance and some of the stuff will be replaced," said Ellison. "Fortunately, we're able to save some of her family portraits."

"I rushed over here to see what happened and I couldn't see my apartment at first," said resident Thomas Jespersen.

Jespersen moved in a month ago after getting a new job.

"I've had stuff for a long time," added Jespersen. "I found some stuff my dad gave me before he passed away a few years ago."

Even with the stuff Jespersen lost, he's lucky he and his neighbors are safe.

The hot temperatures at the time of the blaze forced two firefighters to go to the hospital. They've both been released.

Impacted tenants have been relocated to vacant units.

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