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12 Apartments Lost in West LR Complex Fire

Firefighters were called to Chapel Ridge apartments at 24800 Chenal Parkway on Monday afternoon.
The fire scene at 24800 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
The fire scene at 24800 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
The fire scene at 24800 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
The fire scene at 24800 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
The fire scene at 24800 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
The fire scene at 24800 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Twelve apartments are reported lost in a fire that broke out Monday afternoon at the Chapel Ridge complex on Chenal Parkway.

Fire officials say the cause of the blaze was unattended cooking.

Crews were called to 24800 Chenal Parkway around 1:00. That's just across Highway 10 on the city's far west end.

Smoke could be seen rising from the upper half of Building 9, where the roof was in flames.

Minutes later, photos from the scene showed there was little left of the whole upper section of the building where only remnants of the roof remained and the apartments there were gutted.

Nearly a dozen fire crews were dispatched to the scene. Whipping winds made it difficult for crews to fight the flames.

Residents we talked to said they grabbed what they could and ran to escape the burning building. 

One woman said she heard pounding from the unit above hers and that it sounded like someone jumping up and down.

"Wasn't expecting this. I was just looking at the TV. It's crazy, but we're alright, everyone got out with their lives so that's the most important thing," says resident Sharon Joyner-Clarke. "I walked out and I saw him where that second ledge is he was laying there coughing and he couldn't breath and I came outside and I ran back in and got my shoes and my purse and the building was on fire."  

She made it out, as did all of her neighbors. The Red Cross is providing them with emergency assistance.

The flames also left heat damage on the side of a building next door.

Little Rock Fire Department officials say that so many units were dispatched to the fire that backup crews were called in from North Little Rock and Bryant to cover for the city while crews were at the apartment complex scene.
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