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25 people lose their homes in an early morning fire

25 people are trying to put their lives back together after losing their homes in an early morning apartment fire. 

"I didn't think we were going to lose everything. I didn't think we were going to lose everything," said Audrey Arriola.

Audrey and Jesus Arriola fled the flames last night.  But seeing the aftermath in daylight was just as scary.

"We're in the process of buying a house and this is supposed to be a new beginning.  We're going to have to just start over," said Arriola.

Because residents first just smelled smoke, some stayed to try to collect belongings but fire burst through the roof of the eight unit building as firefighters arrived.

"We, initially, started getting everybody out of the building. They weren't all out of the time and we had a collapse of the attic onto the second floor shortly after we got everybody out," said Assistant Chief Mark Stigers with the Middletown Fire Department.

After making sure everyone was safe, about 40-firefighters from four eastern Jefferson County departments concentrated on stopping the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

"It's just aggravating to sit here and watch it burn. There's really nothing you can do about it," said Stigers.

Bob Bindner fought countless fires during 16-years on the Black Mudd fire department.  But this morning was his first time as a fire victim.

"The apartment I'm in, there's hardly no damage at all. It suffered a lot of water and smoke damage. But we got to wait for the fire inspector to determine how structurally sound the building is before they'll let people in," said Binder.

Plainview Apartments has found temporary lodging for fire victims and the Red Cross has provided funds to assist 25-people with food, clothing and other emergency needs.  The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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