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Residents file suit against apartment complex after 5th fire
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Investigators are calling a burning dumpster the cause of the fifth fire of the year at the Forest Place Apartments.

Randy Hickmon with the Little Rock Fire Department said each of the fires at the apartment complex was likely started by someone leaving a hot item in the trash chute. As of now, investigators are not treating it as a criminal case.

"For years, we've had an experience with those trash bins and trash chutes in buildings, and you have trouble with them from time to time," said Hickmon.

Residents still aren't satisfied with how management is handing the situation. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the property owners.

"They've tried to farm it off to the fire department and the police department without adding real security measures in my opinion. If it were my home, and something happened to my home the next day, I would have extreme measures in place to make sure it didn't happen again," longtime renter Lane Nelson told THV.

Nelson and her family are living in a hotel until they can find other arrangements. She said many of the residents have moved out after a May fire destroyed 34 units and displaced more than 100 people.

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