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West Warwick fire leaves 40-people homeless

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At least 40-people are now homeless, after a fast moving fire destroyed their apartment building, Sunday morning in West Warwick.

The fire at the Echo Valley apartment complex started just before 8AM.

Witnesses say the fire did some serious damage, before firefighters could get it under control, forcing the 40-plus people who lived there, to run out, into the cold.

"There's 16-apartments in the building and you got to figure a lot of children and elderly sometimes 4 or 5 kids in an apartment." said Echo Valley resident Tami Yates.

Witnesses say the fire spread quickly, starting on the 1st floor and spreading to the roof, causing it to partially collapse.

For residents inside when the fire started, the experience was terrifying.

"Somebody buzzed my door and yelled fire and I just tried to get out of my apartment as quickly as I could."said resident Lisa Raymond.

Building H were the fire broke out is now completely destroyed and the people who called it home, will need a new place to live, in the new year.

"People in this building have lost everything."said Yates.

Thankfully only one person received minor injuries from the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the 40-plus people from the building, find temporary housing.

The state fire marshal is working on trying to determine what started the fire.

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