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Community rallies around victims of massive apartment fire

Community rallies around victims of massive apartment fire

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED May 5, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- For the third day in a row fire fighters continued their investigation into what sparked a massive fire at an apartment complex, as the community began to rally around the more than two dozen displaced victims.

“My heart just went out to them,” said Las Vegas resident Debbie Gray.  “I can only imagine how horrible and heart wrenching.”
Gray and her husband say they don't have much, but that didn't stop them from showing up at the Ashford Manor Apartments with two trash bags full of items to help support the residents who are now homeless.

One of those fire victims, Kathy Brown, had tried to remain hopeful as she watched her entire life go up in smoke.  She said the loss has been particularly tough on her 3-year old granddaughter.

“She wants to go home, but we don't have a home right now,” said Brown.  “And what is hard is, I am the only worker in the house, so it's going to be tough for a couple months.”

Investigators have ruled the fire as accidental after determining that the blaze was caused from discarded smoking materials left in a plastic container.

Thursday’s fire caused more than $750,000 in damages.

The American Red Cross is helping the families that were displaced by this fire. If you would like to donate, you may do so at the Red Cross Website or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.