Six families homeless after Durant apartment fire

Published: Nov. 23, 2017 at 12:37 PM CST
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It was a call nobody wanted to get this Thanksgiving morning: a fire at a Durant apartment complex destroyed six units.

"As soon as I opened my door it was just flames. It was pretty scary," Zachary Grace said.

Zachary Grace woke up Thanksgiving morning to the smell of smoke and soon realized his apartment complex was on fire.

"They were already outside working on it though they went to the back window and helped us out with the ladders," Grace said.

He has lived at the Parkridge Apartments in Durant for four years. Now, he's salvaging the few items left in his unit.

"Basically it was devastating, it really was, especially on Thanksgiving. This is not what somebody wants to wake up to," Brittany Lewis said.

Brittany Lewis owns the property.

She said six units were damaged from the flames and water. The roof is completely gone and two families have children under two years old.

"When I got here, I'm guessing they stated it had been like an hour getting it out. They thought they got it out and all of a sudden it popped back out, it was a lot. It was crazy," Lewis said.

Someone had to be rescued from their window, but nobody was hurt and almost everyone told us they have a place to spend the holiday.

"I'm gonna spend some time with family and get my mind off things," Grace said.

Another resident, Christopher Stephens, said it's a reminder to be thankful for what they do still have, family and friends.

"The first question is is everyone okay? Material is material, life is life, you cant get that back," Stephens said.

"I am very thankful they were there it could have been much worse," Grace said.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but we're told it's not believed to be suspicious.

These families need your help and the complex is taking any donations of clothing, furniture, hygiene products, appliances, or anything else.

You can bring donations to the front office of the ParkRidge complex in Durant.