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36. Tenants Watch Building Burn
A 20-unit apartment building burned for about an
before firemen were able to extinguish it. The
started in the attic at about 10:30 p.m.
evening. The damage was estimated at $1.5 million.
fire department spokesman said the fire might have
The tenant who first saw the
banged loudly on the door of every unit
the building. Occupants of 15 units were already
bed or preparing for bed. No one responded
the other five units because the tenants were
home. Those tenants who were home escaped with
more than the clothes on their backs, their
, their cell phones, and their laptops.
across the street to watch the fire from
safe distance. They were all hoping that their
would be spared. Some of the pets were
disturbed by the noise, crowds, flames, and smoke
their owners could not hold on to them.
clawed their way out of their owners’ arms
dashed away. The younger children were similarly frightened.
cried in their parents’ arms.
Two fire engines
at 10:45 p.m., but the entire roof was
by then. Smoke and flames were visible in
of the units on the top floor.
11:35 p.m. the flames were extinguished. Most of
roof had disappeared. The top floor of the
-story building was about 80 percent gone. Water was
into the ground-floor units, ruining most of them.
tenants were crying or speechless. They were happy
be alive, but now they had no home.
were they going to live?
Firemen discovered a
gasoline can in the attic. This was the
suspicious apartment fire in a month.