Apartment Fire Leaves Families Without a Home

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Four families in Big Spring are without a home after flames spread through their apartment complex.

The fire happened around midnight Wednesday at the Sunset Ridge Apartments.

It took firefighters about five hours to put out the flames. In the end, six apartments were damaged and several families are trying to salvage what's left of their homes.

"About 12:30 last night getting ready to go to bed and as soon as I got up to turn on my TV, I smelt paper burning," Resident Angelique Larez, said.

That's when Larez opened her door and saw fire coming out of her neighbors apartment.

She called 911 and started waking up her neighbors.

"I pulled in and my neighbors upstairs are saying 'there was a fire in my apartment.'" I opened the door, smoke came out, and three minutes later the fire department arrived," Resident Melinda Gamboa, said.

The fire started in Gamboa's apartment but investigators could not give specifics on how it began.

"Don't know for sure. They say a trash can and they weren't 100 percent sure, but there is no definite answer. I'm sure as they investigate more they will find out what happened," Larez said.

But for now Angelique and her neighbors are left with nothing.

"I don't know, I walk in there and I look at everything and I wanna cry, I'm just going to rebuild everything all over again. I don't know how to go from there," Gamboa said.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. If you would like to help these families, you can call 432-263-2292.