Suspicious Fire Heavily Damages Apartment Complex

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Meridian, Miss. A devastating and suspicious fire at Western Gardens has left nearly 30 people without a place to live.

Around 12:45 Friday afternoon, the lives of the residents who lived in the building changed. Many lost everything they had, photos of friends and family, personal belongings. Their entire home is gone. The families of those affected by this fire are stunned and heartbroken by this sudden turn of events.

"By the time I got out my back door and looked the blaze was up at the bottom,” Jacquelyn Leggett recalls.

For one of the residents, although devastated by the fire, he's happy to know everyone made it out safely

"We lost everything; everyone in that apartment lost everything they had," Fred Neal says. " We just thank God that we got everybody out. It’s just a hurting thing to lose everything you got, and we need the Meridian people to pray for us."

The Meridian Housing Authority and the Red Cross were on scene working to find provisions for the victims.

"This is devastating," according to Ron Turner of the Meridian Housing Authority. "We are hoping to come to a conclusion on exactly what happened here, but right now the housing authority is trying to accommodate these families that have been disadvantaged at this point we are trying to provide provisions to the individuals that are going to be at a disadvantage because of this fire."

The Meridian Police Department took two juvenile suspects into custody in connection with the fire and is charging the suspects as juveniles. Investigators say they believe Molotov cocktails may have been used to start the fire.