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Durham Families Displaced Following Fire

Posted December 20, 2004 8:08 a.m. EST

— At least six families lost their homes or possessions after their apartment building caught fire early Sunday.

The fire happened at the Azalea Park apartments off Guess Road at about 3:30 a.m when most of the residents were sleeping.

Firefighters banged on doors and got everyone out safely.

"It's still a blessing that no one was hurt at that time of morning when everyone is dead asleep," fire investigator Robert Harris said.

Investigators belive the fire started in a cubby hole where something was stored.

"[The fire] was entrapped in the cubby hole for a little while and it spread into the attic," Harris said.

Some people lost everything, while others were abel to salvage furniture -- and even the Christmas trees -- out of their waterlogged apartments.

Those who lost their homes were moved to vacant units at the apartment complex. The Red Cross is also helping the families.