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Red Cross assists Lakeshore Pointe fire victims

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All residents were able to make it out of the apartments safely and no injuries have been reported. (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jewell Hillery) All residents were able to make it out of the apartments safely and no injuries have been reported. (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jewell Hillery)
(Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jewell Hillery) (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jewell Hillery)
(Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jewell Hillery) (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jewell Hillery)
Lakeshore Pointe Apartment building collapses following morning fire. (Source: Facebook Fan Craig Cotten) Lakeshore Pointe Apartment building collapses following morning fire. (Source: Facebook Fan Craig Cotten)
The Red Cross is on scene assisting the victims and a spokesperson for the organization says they are providing food, clothing and lodging for displaced families. (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Cheryl Lasseter) The Red Cross is on scene assisting the victims and a spokesperson for the organization says they are providing food, clothing and lodging for displaced families. (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Cheryl Lasseter)
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Residents managed to escape an apartment fire at the Lakeshore Pointe complex Wednesday morning, but the families living in the 12 units are left without a home.

The apartment facility is located at 111 Lakeshore Drive in Brandon, between Spillway Road and Northshore Parkway. The complex caught fire early Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. Fire officials are unsure of the cause of the blaze but state 12 units were destroyed in the fire. The 12 apartments are considered a total loss.

All residents were able to make it out of the apartments safely and no injuries have been reported. One community member explains how hearing a woman's scream for help drove him to take action.

"We heard one lady screaming hysterically on the far corner and saying people were in the building, so I ran around and started knocking on windows busting windows out getting people out the bottom floor," explains Lakeshore Pointe resident Steve Euper.

The Reservoir Fire Department along with Flowood and Langford Fire Departments helped in extinguishing the flames. Fire crews say the blaze began in an upstairs unit and spread to several others.

The Red Cross is on scene assisting the victims and a spokesperson for the organization says they are providing food, clothing and lodging for displaced families. Community members wanting more information on how to donate through The Red Cross can call 1-800-REDCROSS.

Owners of a Canton restaurant are also doing what they can to help. Malissa Stewart, owner of the Culinary Cowboy, located at 116 Commercial Pkwy, says any of the families who lost their home in the Lakeshore Pointe fire are welcome to bring an ID card with their address and enjoy a free meal at the restaurant.

The property management company of Lakeshore Pointe Apartments, Heritage Properties, invites anyone wishing to make a donation to call 601-605-1015, extension 114.

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