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UPDATE: 10 families lose everything in fire at Ashland Park apartment complex in Groves

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Ten families who called the Ashland Park apartment complex their home spent the morning Saturday trying to recover what few possessions they could.

This after a Friday night fire destroyed 12 apartment units.  Two of those units were vacant.

Among those affected Dustin Chappell, who on December 13th graduated from the fire academy, and is in the process of looking for a job.

He and his wife moved to Ashland Park six months ago, and they have a three month old baby boy.

Chappell was not home when the fire started, and his wife and baby managed to escape unharmed.

In fact, Groves Fire Chief Dale Jackson says they won this battle because no one was hurt in the massive blaze.

Chief Jackson also says the cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation.  He did confirm that it started in the fire at around 8:30 p.m.

He says neighbors began knocking on each others doors to make sure everyone got out safely.

Jackson was also grateful for the help of the Port Neches, Nederland and Port Arthur fire department, which also helped fight the fire and allowed Groves firefighters to take a break and recover their energy.

Firefighters were at the scene until about 3:30 Saturday morning.

Jeff Akhtar's company, Amron Housing Groups, owns the complex and four other apartment complexes in the area.  He was visibly shaken and emotional about what happened.

He and his family even brought clothes to the fire victims.  The American Red Cross is providing assistance as well. 

The Palms apartment complex at 877 Ridgewood Drive, off of Merriman in Port Neches is owned by Akhtar, and the manager there says all the displaced families have been relocated to that site.

She is collecting clothing donations at the Palms for the fire victims.  She says the greatest need is for infant clothing, since there are three families with babies.  

If you want to donate, just contact the Palms at (409) 729-7777. 

Earlier this week, on Christmas Eve, there was a fire at another complex owned by Akhtar.

It was at the Sussex Manor Apartments at 3000 MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.
It destroyed three apartments and a laundry room, but no one was hurt in that one either.
That one started as a result of a tenant leaving an unattended pot on the stove.
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