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Mount Pleasant police investigating Sunday night fire as potential arson

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MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) -

Mount Pleasant Police have opened an investigation into an apartment fire at the Pine Ridge apartments. They said they believe it could be arson.

The fire began Sunday night in LaAndrial Hall's first floor apartment.

"Everything was gone, the bedroom, all my walls were burned down," Hall said. "My whole bed was melted to the ground. You could see the frames of the couch in the living room and the TV stand was knocked over."

Hall wasn't home the night of the fire, but it started in her apartment.

"Finally going through the apartment, it just hits you that it's gone," Hall said. "You can't get anything back. I'm thankful I'm alive and for the community for helping us."

Fire investigators say there were unable to determine the cause of the fire, but Mount Pleasant police say they have arson investigators looking into the case and that they do have a person of interest.

According to a report by the Mount Pleasant Fire Department, the door of the burning apartment was left open and furniture in the living room and the refrigerator were overturned. Mount Pleasant Police said they will not comment on a pending investigation.

Resident Orfalinda Ayala is now looking for a new home for herself and five other members of her family.

"It makes me angry because that person wasn't thinking about the other families that were there." Ayala said. "It's not just me, It's a whole group of us."

Hall says she feels lucky she made the decision to stay at her mom's house that fateful night.

"Me and my children, I'm thankful that we're alive and have our health and strength," Hall said.

The nine residents that are still displaced from the fire are receiving some help from several charities. The groups say they have received plenty of clothing donations for now, but need donations of gently used furniture and money to help the families get started again.

If you'd like to make a donation to these families, contact either of the organizations below:

God's Hand Ups

Contact: Tonia Allen (903) 931-2892; toniaa32@gmail.com

Drop off donations anytime at: 701 N Main Street, Gladewater, TX 75647

Monetary donations accepted at http://www.gofundme.com/1vdg24

Angels Among Us

Contact: Amy Askew (903) 767-3721

Call for victim clothing sizes needed and to schedule clothing, food or household item drop off.

Monetary donations accepted at First National Bank of Winnsboro. Account name: Angels Among Us.

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