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Huge apartment fire displaces at least 10 families

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Crews doused the flames with thousands of gallons of water to get it under control. Crews doused the flames with thousands of gallons of water to get it under control.
In addition to the roof, flames also shot out of several apartment windows. In addition to the roof, flames also shot out of several apartment windows.
Firefighters were on the scene for hours extinguishing hot spots. Firefighters were on the scene for hours extinguishing hot spots.
Firefighters with the Brusly Volunteer Fire Department help trying to put out the flames. Firefighters with the Brusly Volunteer Fire Department help trying to put out the flames.
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

Firefighters are looking into what caused a massive blaze that destroyed an apartment complex and left 10 families displaced.

Witnesses said it started at an apartment complex on Avenue A in Port Allen just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Huge flames were shooting out of the roof when a news crew arrived on the scene.

One person at the complex said his smoke detector woke him up and he then went door-to-door getting others out.

"We're on the front porch and looked over to the top right and just flames everywhere over the trees," said Alainah Chauffe. "Oh my goodness, we came out and looked and the whole complex was on fire."

There have been no reports of injuries. Half of the building collapsed due to the fire. Witnesses said the complex had eight units. Many of the residents lost everything.

"It's really upsetting because you see this entire complex and it's multiple families and all I can think about is their stuff is gone," Chauffe added.

Lashonda Dogan spent the better part of the morning at Walmart and Family Dollar, trying to get items just to get by.

"So the neighbors, everybody who's been coming out and pouring in and showing their love - it's really been a help from the community and our families of course," said Dogan.

Dogan says her neighbors have been pulling together, and between the Red Cross and family and friends, she's doing as well as can be expected.

"You see the support before something happens, but when something does happen it's nice to see that the community can come together and the tenants because we basically saved each other," said Dogan.

Firemen remained on the scene for hours making sure all hot spots were out.

At least four agencies responded to the fire. Crews from Port Allen, Baton Rouge, Brusly and Lobdell battled the blaze.

The American Red Cross also responded to help the victims of the fire. Officials said volunteers will be working through the morning to serve 10 families, at least 15 people, affected by the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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