Investigators with the Little Rock Fire Department don't know yet what caused an apartment to catch fire earlier this morning. It happened behind the Target in midtown. Twenty people are now without a home to go to after 16 units here in the Georgetown Apartments caught fire. The good news is everyone inside was able to get out safely, unharmed.
"There was some crackling noise in my bathroom and I feel some heat inside," said Angel Lademora Jr. who was inside his second story apartment.
It was about 10:30 a.m. when 911 calls alerted the fire department.
"We could see the flames and smoke from downtown so we knew it would be a second alarm," said Chief Joseph Gray, Little Rock Fire Department Fire Marshal.
Thirty-six Little Rock firefighters showed up within minutes.
"Probably took about an hour and a half to contain it," Gray said.
No one was hurt, but now 20 people are without a home and belongings
"I grabbed only my laptop my documents, and that’s all," Lademora said.
The documents that allow him to work in the country were a priority, but many of his neighbors weren't able to save theirs.
"What’s really important is our documents because we are foreigners and those documents allow us to work in the U.S.," said Jev Maribao who moved to Little Rock from the Philippines two years ago on a work visa. "All of our visas and passports and all of the legal documents are in there."
Worried their future here is in jeopardy, it’s the same concern for many of his co-workers and neighbors.
"I really don’t know what is the next course we will take," Maribao said.
As he now works to get that proof, firefighters are investigating what caused the fire.
"I’m just happy that whoever called 911, we were able to get on scene in about four minutes and get everything under control," Gray said.
The Red Cross was on scene and they're working with anyone who doesn't have a place to stay to find accommodations.
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