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Families trying to recover following massive apartment fire

Jennifer Kastner & Katie Crowther

Photo Courtesy: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

Families trying to recover following massive apartment fire

By Jennifer Kastner & Katie Crowther. CREATED Jun 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dozens of families have been left homeless after fire ripped through their apartments. Now, many of them are trying to salvage what they can.

The fire happened at Encantada Apartments near U.S. 95 and Eastern on Sunday morning.

Two people had to escape the fire by jumping from the second story; both were hurt but are expected to recover.

Others who lost their homes are staying at a nearby motel, while investigators try to determine what started the fire.

According to the city, the complex that sustained the most damage has been determined to be unsafe for anyone to enter.

Jim Cole and his family of six are one of the families staying in the motel, "We're at a loss for words. There just wasn't any time to get anything, when you wake up and get caught at the last minute."

Another neighbor spoke to Action News with a bag of clothes in his hand, which he had just bought for his family. They ran from the fire without having time to get necessities, "I'm not totally sure if I lost everything."

Neighbors are now waiting to see when they will be allowed back into their apartments, to rummage through whatever may be left.

100 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze on Sunday, and it took them about 90 minutes to contain.

Damage to the building is estimated at $300,000 to $350,000.

If you would like to make a donation to help local families who have lost their homes to fire, please call (702) 369-3674 or click here.