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Families displaced after fire in an Irondale hotel

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 An investigation is underway Monday night into a blaze at an Irondale hotel.  It happened at the America's Best Quality Inn. Several families were living at the complex and are now without homes. Dozens are displaced. Thankfully there were no injuries - everyone was able to make it out. This wasn't just a hotel. For several families, it was their home. In fact, for one of them, it's the second time their home has burned.

"Smoke was all over. You could see it across the top," Brian Lowery, who lived in the hotel said.

For five hours they waited to find out if there was anything salvageable inside their rooms.

"You think this isn't going to happen to me," Lowery said. "And all of a sudden, it happens to me. A lot of these people don't know where they are going to go. I don't either right now."

"When I came back out, flames and smoke were everywhere," Doris McCollin, a tenant said.

"A few kids were crying saying, 'all of our stuff is up there,'" she said.

Doris McCollin recently lost her home and everything she owned in a fire. She was staying here temporarily and once again, the fire alarms sounded.

"Today's the 20th? Exactly a month since my last fire," she said.

"Everything," she said. "I lost everything, but the good thing about it is I had insurance."

Firefighters tell us, the blaze started in one of the back rooms and spread into the attic.

"At this point and time, we're thankful to know that no one has been injured," Chief Randy Davis, Irondale Fire said.

And with their belongings in hand, Red Cross volunteers helped them find housing nearby.

"It's a bad situation - it's like a disaster," Lowery said.

The Red Cross is helping those families have a place to stay Monday night as well as providing snacks and clothing. The cause, is still under investigation.

 

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