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Residents say apartment fire isn't the first

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Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused an apartment fire in Red Bank Friday, but residents say it isn't the first fire to occur at this complex.

The fire broke out at the Chalet Apartment Complex on Dayton Boulevard just before 3 Friday afternoon.

Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the scene, a few were treated for heat exhaustion. Nearly two dozen families were displaced.

The American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at Red Bank Baptist Church to help those families.

Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol says his officers also helped save two children and their mother from the fire.

The blaze destroyed at least eight units and as some residents tell us this isn't the first time its happened.

Ben Everett has lived in the complex for a couple years. He says a fire broke out last year after a heater was left on.

There's no word yet on the estimated cost of damage.

Red Cross officials tell us they'll work to find permanent homes for residents who can't be moved to a new unit.

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