9 Families Homeless in Apartment Fire - Tucson News Now

9 Families Homeless in Apartment Fire

Millie Martinez, KOLD News 13 Reporter
posted 10/1/04

Nine families are homeless tonight after an apartment fire.

It started this morning at the Mona Lisa Villas on the Northwest side. 

The complex has had three fires in the last year, some renters say that's too much.  

In March, investigators believe a malfunctioning dryer caused a two alarm fire that destroyed their clubhouse.

This morning another fire broke out, this time on the other side of the complex.

The smoke damaged Rick Murray's apartment. 

Murray says he's moving out, and fears something worse could happen.

Rick Murray says, "My biggest concern right now is that there's no effort being done. They're keeping things hush, hush."

Luckily, for Murray he had renters insurance. But, some of his neighbors weren't so fortunate.

"It doesn't cost that much, you have to get renters insurance," Rick Murray said.

Fires in apartment complexes are not uncommon. 

Chris Gurton with Country Insurance says if you're living in an apartment, insurance is vital.

"Most people either don't realize they should have it or they don't think they have enough stuff to cove," Chris Gurton said.

The building was a total loss, estimated at three hundred thousand dollars.

Renters insurance cost as little as thirty dollars a month, its well worth it when you consider all the valuable items you have inside your home. 

 

 

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