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No one injured in massive blaze at Longview apartments

By Richard Yeakley
Nov. 1, 2012 at 7:17 a.m.


It took almost an hour and 33 firefighters to contain a blaze that consumed a Longview apartment building Thursday afternoon.

No one was injured but twelve residents were displaced from eight units after a torch being used to repair the roof of the Regency Park Apartments building ignited the roof.

"We are securing them hotels for the next week, we are working with the Red Cross to meet their immediate needs and we are working on relocating them to other apartments here as well," said property manager Shana Jones.

The Longview Fire Department received the call at 12:11 p.m. after the contracted workers tried and failed to extinguish the first flames with a fire extinguisher.

Several of the residents, like John and Velma Cole, who have lived at Regency Park Apartments for almost two years, were home when the fire began.

"I was watching the news, and she was on the computer in the back room when we heard banging coming from the front and the back door," Cole said.

Cole's son, Clayton, rushed to make sure his parents were alright. Although no one was harmed, Clayton Cole said war memorabilia and photo memories would be irreplaceable.

Jones said the residents of the eight units lost all their property in the flames.

"I have been on this property for seven-and-a-half years; these people are my family.  So, it hurt me as much as much as it did them, and it doesn't matter to me that the building burnt, it's that they lost everything," Jones said.

Look for a full story in Friday's edition of the Longview News-Journal.

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