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No injuries in second Jackson apartment fire

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There was yet another apartment fire in Jackson in less than a week. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported this time. It happened at the Highland Park Apartments on East Beasley Road around 5:45 Tuesday evening.

Residents could only watch anxiously as Jackson firefighters attacked the flames from below...and on high with the help of a ladder truck.

"We're not certain as to what may have constituted this fire at this time," said Jackson Fire Department chief investigator Gregory Travis. "As information becomes available, of course we will share that with you."

It did not take long to douse the flames, and the damage was confined to one building. There is good news:

"Right now, there are no injuries to report. We only had one firefighter who suffered minor heat exhaustion. He was treated and released on the scene." said Travis.

He continued, "We're glad that everybody did get out safely and those that noticed the fire did make every attempt they could to knock on some doors and make certain that all the occupants got out safely."

The bad news is that several families are now homeless, but Red Cross workers were on the scene to help them.

"It looks like, right now, we'll probably be helping about six families that were affected," said American Red Cross public affairs director Tamica Smith-Jeuitt. "The main thing we'll be able to do at this point is know that we will be able to put them in a hotel for the night; help them with food and clothing. After that. We'll help them out with referral agencies."

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