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6 Families Displaced After Apartment Fire


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The investigation is still underway to determine what caused part of the Ville Montee partment Complex in East Lansing to catch fire Thursday night. Officials say the fire caused around a quarter million dollars worth of damage.

Six units were left damaged, leaving at least 10 people without a home. The Red Cross is assisting them with a temporary place to stay along with food and clothing.

Clean up crews worked Friday to repair what's left of the three-story apartment building on Rampart Way near Abbott Road.

Thursday night's fire caught neighbor Dominic Hense off guard. 
"There was smoke coming out of the building," said Hense. "They pretty much had everything blocked off so I couldn't get up to where I was about to go."

When he walked closer to the scene, he saw a group of his neighbors wrapped in blankets. Luckily, all the tenants got out safely.

"They were probably standing outside for like two hours in the freezing cold watching all of their stuff burn down and I feel bad for those people," said Hense.

The apartment management is working with the Red Cross and doing its best to place the victims in other units. They estimate it'll take two to four months to fix the building.

It took firefighters about three hours to fight the blaze. A few of them suffered minor injuries.

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