Greensboro family copes after fire rips through apartment

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GREENSBORO, N.C.--One family is happy to be safe and sound after a fire ripped through their apartment at the Ashley Oaks Apartment building on Monday night.

The two-alarm fire at the complex on Guilford College Rd. displaced 35 people.

Steven Lewis and his fiance were inside their third-floor apartment when the fire started Monday night. They managed to get our safely with their four-month-old infant daughter.

"Smoke just started rushing through the ventilation system into our apartment. And as soon as that happened I hopped us right up, we ran outside, I called 9-1-1," Lewis told FOX8.

Lewis returned to his apartment briefly Tuesday to see what he could salvage.

"There was a hole in the roof and debris had fallen everywhere," he said, pointing out pictures on his phone.

Lewis said pretty much all of his family's clothes and furniture were burned or ruined from smoke.

Through tears in his eyes, Lewis added, "I'm just holding on for my family. I don't want to let them see my emotions. Just keep it in. Be strong for them."

Ashley Oaks Managers asked FOX8 to leave their property when our crew stopped by for an update Tuesday morning.

They did say they are paying for displaced families to stay at the Comfort Inn on Wendover Ave. until they can be moved into new apartments.

"I'm just glad that we made it out safely. All that material stuff. It really don't matter," concluded Lewis.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.