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In Hendersonville fire, residents escape with their lives, but lose everything

Photo: Norma Sevilla

An apartment fire leaves tenants devastated, as they lose everything inside.

Everyone got out alive, but victims of a devastating apartment fire in Hendersonville are left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the Sixth Avenue Apartments complex, but one of the buildings was already engulfed.

A fire department lieutenant who was first to the scene tells News 13 he believes the fire started on the second floor, possibly on a patio.

The Hendersonville Fire Department got the call at 3:15 a.m. The fire had already spread through the attic, and the lieutenant we spoke to says that with no firewalls in the building, there was no way to contain the blaze.

He said smoke alarms went off, as at least one tenant heard them and was able to get out.

Victims like Patrick Sturdivant have lost all their possessions.

"We lost everything everything," Sturdivant said. "I’ve been up already, lost my wife in 2012, my mom, we just lost everything."

Sturdivant was able to get his dogs out.

Firefighters saved a large part of the building, but the apartments are uninhabitable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is helping seven adults and one child. Call 1-800-Red-Cross if you'd like to help these families.

The 800 number will connect to your local chapter. Tell them you want to help the victims in the 6th Avenue fire in Hendersonville.

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