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UPDATE: Fire crews investigate second Red Bank apartment fire in four days

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Families displaced by an apartment fire in Red Bank Monday night are staying in a downtown hotel as fire crews work to determine a cause.

Just before 7:30 Monday night the Red Bank Fire Department had to battle yet another fire in the same area as it did last week, but this time it was at Ravencrofts Apartments located at 300 W Midvale Avenue.   

Red Bank Fire Chief Mark Mathews said the fire started in Ravenscroft Apartment #9 but five other apartments were also affected.  

"Of course, there was residual smoke and water damage to the others. Plus the apartments underneath the fire, you're gonna have water damage. That's just part of the firefighting operation," he said.

Mathews tell Channel-3 apartment 9 is completely destroyed and a loss, while the other five apartments just have smoke and water damage.

"If you're living in an apartment, you gotta remember the actions of your neighbors can affect everyone in the building. Naturally if there's a fire, it's gonna affect more than just one family," he said.

Andy Stephens has lived in the apartment complex for ten years and isn't scared for his safety during a fire.

"These places have fire walls which is unusual for older apartments, they have concrete beams between the apartments, so it's usually pretty well contained unless it's a really bad fire," he said.

Monday's fire is one of two Stephens has seen since he's lived at Ravenscroft. This one, he said, is the more tame of the two.

"Basically just a lot of smoke and you could see the plastic curtains melting, they were falling down. But there really wasn't a lot of exterior smoke until they broke the windows out," Stephens said.

The America Red Cross responded to assist the families of the six apartment units affected by the fire. Dallas Bay VFD also responded to assist Red Bank for additional manpower.

A shelter was opened at Red Bank Baptist Church to temporarily house the families. But a manager at Ravenscroft tells Channel-3 they've since moved displaced residents to a downtown hotel.

Damages are unknown at this time as the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Red Bank Fire Department.

This is the second apartment fire that the Red Bank Fire Department has had to battle in four days. It was also the second shelter set up at Red Bank Baptist Church.

No injuries were reported.

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