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By: Grace White
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Dozens of people are waiting to return home tonight and some are facing the reality that there maybe no home to go back to.
A fire ripped through the Fox Run apartments on Broadway Monday afternoon.
The Red Cross says 35 people were displaced by the fire.
They have set up here inside St. Matthews United Methodist Church to make sure everyone gets the help they need.
"People were screaming help me, help me, there's a fire," said Melissa Lara, an apartment resident.
It happened so fast, some neighbors stood back in shock.
"8 units destroyed as we speak," said Terry Toms, a neighbor.
The people who lived here were overcome with emotion.
"I left my dogs on the porch," said Alex Bratton, an apartment resident.
In the heat of the afternoon firefighters say they were called out to the apartment complex.
There were no injuries reported.
Neighbors say they did their best to sound the alarm.
"I ran across the building to go help out an elderly lady, who I knew lived there and got her out safely... she thanked me for letting her know there was a fire because she says she would've never known," said Lara.
This mom didn't even have time to grab her shoes.
"All I told my husband was take the baby and get out," said Bratton.
Bratton's 9-month-old baby and husband are ok, but their two chihuahuas didn't make it.
"Everything that is mine, my family baby, grandmas everything, everything's gone, pets," she said.
Firefighters say 20 apartments were destroyed and four buildings affected.
"The main thing is we are trying to take care of these folks that potentially lost everything and that's one thing we continue to learn in these fires is we have to take care of people after the fire," said Chief Charles Hood, San Antonio Fire Department.
"So far they said we can't get into our building, it's not safe, it's just a waiting game now," said Lara.
The Red Cross has put some of these families up in motels for the night.
Others told us they are staying with family.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Monday, March 18 2013, 10:12 PM CDT
Mental health exam ordered for ex-paramedic
May 22, 2013 14:21 GMT
WEST, Texas (AP) -- A judge in West Texas has ordered that a mental health evaluation be done for a former paramedic who's accused of possessing bomb-making material.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/10kgNfe ) Bryce Ashley Reed remains in the McLennan County jail following his arrest May 9 by federal agents. A judge signed an order Tuesday requiring the 31-year-old Reed to be evaluated for competency, sanity and overall mental condition.
Reed was a paramedic in the town of West, where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 and injured about 200. He's said that he helped evacuate residents before the April 17 blast. Authorities have not linked him to the explosion.
Reed was dropped as paramedic for West EMS two days after the incident.
His attorney, Jonathan Sibley, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com
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