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Tenants move back after fire at LaGrange apartment building

Fire Department: Cause of blaze undetermined

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

Flames and smoke rise from behind the 900 building in the Valley Ridge Apartments on Mooty Bridge Road on Sept. 20. The building, shut down after fire damage, re-opened Dec. 28.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/01/web1_web0119AptFireFolo01.jpgFlames and smoke rise from behind the 900 building in the Valley Ridge Apartments on Mooty Bridge Road on Sept. 20. The building, shut down after fire damage, re-opened Dec. 28.

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Flames and smoke rise from behind the 900 building in the Valley Ridge Apartments on Mooty Bridge Road on Sept. 20. The building, shut down after fire damage, re-opened Dec. 28.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/01/web1_web0119AptFireFolo02.jpgFlames and smoke rise from behind the 900 building in the Valley Ridge Apartments on Mooty Bridge Road on Sept. 20. The building, shut down after fire damage, re-opened Dec. 28.

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The Valley Ridge Apartments building is now repaired after being shut down for three months, and displaced residents, other than those who chose to relocate elsewhere, have moved back in.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/01/web1_web0119AptFireFolo03.jpegThe Valley Ridge Apartments building is now repaired after being shut down for three months, and displaced residents, other than those who chose to relocate elsewhere, have moved back in.

Melanie Ruberti | Daily News

LaGRANGE — Tenants displaced from a building partially destroyed by a fire in the Valley Ridge Apartments at 962 Mooty Bridge Road are back in their newly built homes.

The Sept. 20 fire completely destroyed four units and damaged others in the 900 building.

One of the tenants told the Daily News, she and her neighbors were allowed to move back in to their apartments on Dec. 28.

While only four units were destroyed, everyone living in the building was forced to move out because of smoke and water damage.

According to one tenant, not everyone decided to return to the building. Some moved into other units available on the property shortly after the fire, others found housing elsewhere, she stated.

According to officials with the LaGrange Fire Department, the cause of the blaze was never determined. However, firefighters said the fire most likely started on the back patio of an upstairs apartment.

LFD Chief Deputy John Brant said the origin was determined by eyewitness accounts and burn patterns, but that the flames were so hot it made it impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of the blaze.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.