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German native frustrated after identification documents lost in Thunderbolt apartment fire

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Twenty-two people are rebuilding their lives after they lost everything in a massive fire that tore through one of the buildings at the River Crossing Apartments in Thunderbolt.

Fire officials still do not have a definitive cause of the fire. Fire crews were out all through the evening and early morning hours, and crews were still putting the fire out and monitoring hot spots early on Tuesday morning. Investigators have just recently been able to get a good look at the building.

Residents are already trying to replace those critical items they use every day. One woman said she is beyond frustrated because she has no way of proving her identity. She tried to get a new cell phone but couldn't provide ID, and when she tried to get a new ID, she had no other documents to prove who she was.

Eveline Riley is a German native and is now depending on family oversees to help her.

“I've called my sister in Germany, she's going to send me a birth certificate at least because right now I'm nobody really,” Riley said.

Riley said it's going to cost her several hundred dollars just to get a new green card, passport and driver's license. She recently moved in and said she had not even gotten renters insurance yet.

However, some of the tenants here did have insurance but they are still worried that it not cover everything.

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