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A fire early Monday nearly destroyed an apartment complex in north Abilene. The fire started around 3:25 a.m. and continued until several apartments were destroyed.

The Abilene Fire Department arrived shortly after the fire broke out.

On site, firefighters found “a two-story apartment building with thick smoke and flames coming from the front and back,” according to a recent press release.

The fire then quickly spread to the attic, which in turn caused the roof to burst into flames.

“Several apartments were affected and many residents had to leave their homes,” the press release states.

The fire brigade managed to bring the fire under control and there were no injuries.

The AFD contacted the American Red Cross to help families left homeless by the fire.

According to the Military Veteran Peer Network, a total of eight veterans lived in the apartment complex.

These veterans have lost almost everything and donations can be made to the MVPN at 765 Orange St.

According to the AFD, the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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