THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Residents of the Cedar Hills Apartments returned Thursday to try and retrieve what they could after Wednesday night's fire.
"It's tough," said Diego Colina, one of 14 residents who were displaced by the fire. "We lost everything pretty much."
Fire crews from Thomasville as well as other departments responded to to the fire at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The fire started at the end of the complex, which is a mixture of apartments and town homes. Flames flared up while a family was cooking french fries on a stove, causing the fire, firefighters said.
The American Red Cross is helping some families with temporary housing while others and staying with friends and family.
"I heard commotion outside and came outside and saw the fire trucks," said resident Shaniese Lowery. Her apartment suffered significant water and smoke damage. As an Air Force reservist she was already scheduled to move out Thursday for deployment. "It kind of worked out and then it didn't because I had to wash everything again."