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State fire marshal to investigate Mount Pleasant apartment fire

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A state investigation is set to begin on a late night fire on Sunday that displaced nine families in Mount Pleasant.

The fire broke out just after 10 p.m. at the Pine Ridge Apartments on Lakewood Drive near Mount Pleasant High School.

Amanda Nettles lived in the complex and lost everything she owned in the blaze, including brand new living room furniture and two televisions, all bought just a month ago.

"I lost my TV, my family pictures, my clothes, everything," Nettles said. "I just left out in a gown."

Nettles lives in the apartment with her boyfriend and his three kids. She said she was taking a bath when she smelled smoke.

"When I came out, it was in my living room and I opened my door and black smoke everywhere," she said. "I panicked. I cried because I was scared. Seeing your house go up in flames and everything you own go up with it. It's hard."

Half of the units in the complex are closed to residents until repairs can be made. The building manager said that at least four units are "complete losses," and that 12 others could be affected by smoke and water damage.

The manager also said she believes the fire was set intentionally, stemming from a dispute between a downstairs resident and her boyfriend.

The Mount Pleasant Fire Department does not have a cause for the fire at this time, but says the state fire marshal will be coming to investigate the fire sometime this week.

Even after losing all of her material possessions, Nettles is thankful. She still has her family, who she will be staying with until she figures out where to go next.

"For now, I'm going back home to Arkansas to get myself back on my feet and start over," she said.

The 24 individuals displaced by the fire received assistance through the Northeast Texas Red Cross. They're eligible for help with at least a week of essential needs, ranging from temporary lodging to food and clothing. The organization says it will also work with those residents to find new, permanent housing.

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