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Three families homeless after Hugo apartment fire

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A fire on April 7, 2019 caused extensive damage at a Hugo apartment complex. (KTEN) A fire on April 7, 2019 caused extensive damage at a Hugo apartment complex. (KTEN)
The roof of this apartment building collapsed during a fire in Hugo on April 7, 2019. (KTEN) The roof of this apartment building collapsed during a fire in Hugo on April 7, 2019. (KTEN)

HUGO, Okla. -- An apartment fire Sunday night left three Hugo families without a place to live.

Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park said the two-story units at the corner of Broadway and Bluff streets burned to the ground.

Hugo Fire Chief Ron Cloud said the fire was reported at 9:19 p.m. Sunday, and that it appears the origin was on the north side of the building.

Cloud said three families were displaced by the blaze. Tawnya Rivera lost everything.

"That's my hard work. That's my husband's hard work. That's our whole life," she said tearfully.

Among the precious items they lost was a hoverboard their daughter got for her birthday last week, and the Xbox game console their son received for reading more than 700 books.

"He's traumatized now; our 13-year-old was in tears 'til 3 o'clock in the morning," Rivera said.

Maintenance workers told KTEN one unit was vacant when the fire broke out.

American Red Cross spokeswoman Peggy Maeger said her organization offered a prepaid credit card to the Rivera family to help them with immediate expenses.

"They can buy groceries; they can buy gas to get around to Walmart or wherever they need to and to buy the things that they need," she said.

And while it won't replace what they lost Rivera said the assistance is most welcome.

"You breathe in, you breathe out. You put your left foot in front of your right food. You blink and repeat, and you're going to make it one step further," she said.

The state fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

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