Fire is Total Loss For Residents

11:49 PM, Feb 2, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fire that destroyed a portion of the Cedar Lake Condominiums in Winston-Salem.

Authorities got the call Saturday afternoon at 3:41.They say when they arrived they expected the worst because the fire was so large but fortunately, there were no injuries.

The condos are made of wood and authorities say that coupled with the windy weather was a catalyst to this fire.

Battalion Chief Franklin Stowe says it grew quickly and so far, they believe it started in the second floor of one of the units.

Patrice Jefferson's daughter and granddaughters live in that unit and say they lost everything.

"I just thank God for sparing them, their lives, though they've lost everything literally, everything, um I don't know what to think. I don't know what to think," said Jefferson. "Years and years of accumulating all of your possessions and stuff and you lose them in the blink of an eye, it's I don't know, I'm just in a state of shock."

Jefferson says her family will stay with her until they find a new place to live.

The other units affected weren't as damaged as the Jefferson's.

Officials say the fire wall in the condo where the fire began kept the fire from consuming the building.

The majority of the damage in the other condos was from smoke and water.

Firefighters were able to save some items from those units like family photo albums, and a woman's late husband's ashes.

The units will have to be rebuilt but that can't happen until investigators determine how this started.

The Red Cross was on scene Saturday helping people find food, clothing and temporary shelter. 

Forsyth Communications, WFMY News 2

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