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07/18/08 - Tyler

Oxford Pointe Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens Of Residents

News of the Oxford Pointe Apartments fire spread quickly to others who lived there.

All some could do was watch as their home burned, not knowing if their loved ones had made it out alive.

KLTV 7's Molly Reuter talked to some displaced residents, and brings us some very emotional reunions.


 Tears, fear, and a sigh of relief: dozens of Oxford Pointe Apartment residents stood by in disbelief over what was happening right before their eyes.

"I don't know, I just want to know that my girls are ok, everything else is replaceable."

Marlo Davis says she got a call from her brother that her apartment was on fire.

Her first thought was of her three daughters who were home alone.

"They are right there, they are coming this way, they are alright...God knows and everybody came out safe, so we are fine."

"I don't care, all I wanted was my baby."

All Debbie Smith could do was cry when she finally saw her daughter, who was asleep when the fire started.

There were tears of joy, but also sadness - for what was once dozens of people's homes is now gone.

."...[We] just have to start over, just everything."

Oxford Pointe Apartments is part of the city of Tyler's housing assistance program.

The apartment complex told KLTV 7 that it has open units for people to live in. The Smith County chapter of the American Red Cross is also helping residents.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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