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Tenants forced to find new homes after early morning fire

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GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) -

Tenants in the Plantation Townhouses in Garden City are trying to salvage what they can after an early morning fire ripped through their homes.

"There was so much smoke and fire," said Anthony Edwards, who lives in the building right across from the one that burned down. "The flames were just shooting everywhere. I mean people's houses and cars are everywhere. It was just devastating. "

The Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office was able to step inside Friday, determining the fire started close to a wall in between the kitchen and the living room of apartment 137. The tenants of 137 were not home during the fire. Officials are still trying to determine how the whole thing started.

"We're working with the State Fire Marshal's Office, checking, taking samples, checking to see if there was any type of accelerant," said Garden City Fire Chief James Crosby. 

The owners of Plantation Townhouses say once the insurance company comes out, they plan to move on as soon as possible.

"These people need a place to live and we have no vacancies as of now," said Iona Denmark, Plantation Townhouses owner. "They've been coming in my office all day, and we certainly plan to move forward just as fast as we can."

Denmark says the tenants are not required to have renters insurance, however, they are encouraged to.

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