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Lenexa fire forces residents of more than a dozen units out of apartments

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LENEXA, Kan. – A Friday afternoon fire forced more than a dozen families out of their apartments after the fire raced through their buildings.

The fire broke out at The Meadows complex near 77th and Quivira. The people who live at the apartment complex are just glad that firefighters put out the apartment fire fairly quickly, it took about 20 minutes.

"I just smelled smoke. Didn't see what happened so I just went out the door and they said get out," said resident Elisha Mallory.

Right after the fire started, Mallory grabbed her 1-year-old son and ran outside. Investigators say the fire and thick smoke damaged a total of 14 units.

The Red Cross is now assisting more than a dozen families---displaced by the fire with temporary food and shelter.

"If they give us a hotel, I'll stay in a hotel. If not, I'll just go to his dad's house or my parents' house. I was thanking god nobody didn't get hurt," Mallory said.

Several tenants weren't home at the time of the fire, and arrived to learn they won't be able to stay in the two buildings affected by the fire. Investigators say right now they don't know where or how the fire started.