LITTLE ROCK Ark.; (KTHV)-A fire at a Little Rock apartment complex leaves a dozen people without homes. A building in Westpark Meadows apartment caught fire yesterday afternoon. Fortunately no one was injured.
It was a typical day at work for Israel Palamo until he got a phone call. "I was working yesterday at a Mexican restaurant and the manager called me and says hey you need to come in because I have a fire in your apartment and I go what's going on." Palamo lives at Westpark Meadow apartments; his place was the first apartment to catch fire Friday afternoon in building number 9. Now he is pulling out furniture and clearing out what's left of his belongings. "Everything we lost everything, my wife lost stuff my daughter did but it's fine." Fine because no one was at home at the time of the fire according to Captain Weaver with the Little Rock fire department. He says they started putting out the flames around 4:30 Friday afternoon. "They went into a defensive mode set up the Ariel truck and put out a large quantity of fire around the roof area and set companies back in to put out the spot fires and they stopped the fire."
The fire affects two apartments; one of which is a total loss. Red Cross also came out to the scene of the fire. Brigette Williams says they provided 18 people with help. "We provided people with assistance for food, for clothing and comfort kits." Williams says the apartment managers were able to relocate most of the victims, like Palamos, to a similar place. "I'm moving into another apartment right down here for a couple of days but I don't know what happened because I'm broke right now but that's ok I've got a job, my family, everything is good."
As of right now one apartment is a total loss the other 3 apartments have water and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Officials estimate the damages of the apartment and the contents to be about 265 thousand dollars.
Red Crosssuggest you always have an emergency plan handy in case you experience a fire.