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Eight Units In Apartment Building Destroyed By Fire In Winston-Salem

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Winston-Salem, NC -- They climbed into their warm beds Tuesday night, and by morning almost two dozen people living at The Enclave at North Point apartments were homeless.

The 17 adults and five children were chased into the streets at 4 a.m. by a fire. And while you couldn't blame any of them for feeling sorry for themselves, two of them say their focus is on finding the positive -- like being grateful for the person who banged on their doors to wake them up.

"The next thing we heard [was] 'Fire, fire!'" Andrew Reynolds said. "So, [me and my roommates] grab our stuff, our shoes and we run out. And the next thing we know, we see the apartments behind us blown up with flames and everything."

Lakedra Bullock had to get her two daughters and her fiancé to safety.

"I didn't realize how bad it was until once we got out," Bullock said. "And you just saw that whole backside [of the building] was just lit up. It was awful."

Flames destroyed two apartments in the eight-unit building. Water and smoke damage claimed the other six.

"It destroyed  my whole back bedroom," Bullock said. "The ceiling caved in. My whole bedroom set in my back bedroom -- everything in my back bedroom -- just got destroyed."

Both Bullock and Reynolds spent Wednesday packing up what they have left. Most of what they own in this world is now waterlogged, but that's not what matters.

"My belongings were the last thing I thought about," Reynolds said. Instead, his first priority was making sure his two roommates were OK.

Now, the victims' focus isn't on what was lost in the early hours of the new year, but what they can make out of the days ahead.

"It came in with a bang, didn't it?" Bullock laughed. "Other than [the fire,] I'm excited. I think this is going to be a good year, with the exception of this."

Reynolds said much the same thing.

"[This] actually makes me more determined to make 2013 a better year," he said. "It might start off rocky, but there's a bigger blessing coming our way."

Fortunately for Reynolds and his roommates -- and Bullock and her family -- they have renter's insurance to help cover their losses. Clearly, though, the people they still have are much more important than the things they don't.

Investigators say the fire was accidental, and caused by someone who left food on the stove unattended. The Red Cross worked to make sure everyone had temporary shelter and the apartment complex is trying to find new places for everyone to live long-term.

WFMY News 2

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