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Fire Devastates Apartments Residents

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LAS VEGAS -- For the residents of Sonoma Shadows Apartments, fireworks are anything but harmless fun.

Although early in the investigation, firefighters said the evidence is leading them to believe the fire started on the outside of one of the buildings. The fire burned quickly, engulfing and destroying two buildings were about 50 people lived.

"It serves as a costly reminder to us of just how dangerous fireworks can be," said Chief Bertral Washington of the Clark County Fire Department.

Lateasa Rodgers watched in disbelief as flames took everything she owned burned to ashes.

"I can't even think," she said, crying. "That feeling you get, when you're so destroyed inside, it hurts."

She said her family was already struggling economically.

"This is devastating," she said.

She and others who lived in the two buildings could only stand by as the fire tore through their homes.

When it touched my skin, it literally went through my skin," said Gregory Sutton, who escaped the fire with his mother and pregnant girlfriend. "It felt like I was on fire. That's how bad it was."

His back suffered third-degree burns.

"My health was the last thing on my mind," he said.

Sutton's girlfriend is due to give birth next week. Months of pinching pennies and saving for their baby were for naught.

Three adults and a fire battalion chief were injured in the fire.

A dog perished in the fire, but a cat leaped off a second story balcony to safety.

Investigators said it appears fireworks sparked the fire and are calling on the public to turn in any unused fireworks to a fire station, no questions asked.

Sutton said the horror of what might have been will haunt him.

"Every time I close my eyes I think about the fire," he said.

The Red Cross is helping all 50 residents impacted by last night's fire.

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