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NEWPORT NEWS- An apartment complex fire has left dozens of people out of their homes.

The fire started around 5:45 p.m. Saturday, at the Ashton at Oyster Point complex on Constance Dr.,near I-64 & J Clyde Morris.

Fire Chief Stephen Pincus says the fire started on a second floor balcony from an improperly disposed cigarette.

Extensive smoke, fire and water damage destroyed 12 apartments. Pincus says 22 people lost their homes. No one was hurt in the fire.

Scoot Cox was able to escape the fire with his children, and he's grateful for all the firefighters who came to help.

'They definitely did their job. They made sure everybody got out safe, and that's what is important. Material things can be replaced, but you can't replace lives. So nobody died, that's the main thing.'

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