Residents Try To Recover From Fire

Three days after authorities say an arsonist torched an apartment building in Greenville, more than a dozens residents left out in the cold are now looking for permanent housing.

One of those residents, Dionnie Smith, and her eight year-old daughter were at home when the Woodlands apartment building went up in flames on Friday. More than six of the apartments, including hers, has been condemned by the city.

Smith has been getting help from the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. She also says her landlord will provide another apartment for them to stay.

Smith says she and her daughter lost everything in the fire, including all her of their Christmas gifts.
"I'm trying to hold on. I'm trying to be strong for her, It's something I never thought I would have to experience but it could happen to anyone."

Jared Smith with the American Red Cross disaster services team says they've put about 15 people up in local hotels, but after three days, it's now up the residents to find permanent housing.

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