Residents salvaging belongings after Thomasville apartment fire

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Around 100 residents of the Oaks Apartment Complex are spending Tuesday night under a different roof after their apartment complex caught on fire early Tuesday morning.

"I had somebody banging on my door and I looked outside and saw nothing but smoke," said resident Susan Spivey, who is thankful everyone got out alive. "I’m blessed."

Residents spent the day salvaging what they could from their charred out rooms covered. While some residents are staying with friends and family the American Red Cross has opened a night shelter at Rich Fork Baptist Church to help 30 residents.

"Tonight I’m going to guard doors," said Easter Farley, who plans to take turns with other residents keeping away thieves who may want to make the situation worse. Her son and daughter-in-law, also residents, jumped from the second story window to escape the flames. "He's hurting in pain, my daughter-in-law, she’s in pain."

Approximately 50 firefighters between the Thomasville, Fairgrove and Hasty Fire responded to the apartment building shortly after 6 a.m. Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire.

"These people need help," said neighbor Johnny West, who came to help. "It totally will make you cry, to be honest with you," he said. "Luckily the good Lord saved everybody."