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    Veteran loses everything in Little Rock apartment fire

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Residents are starting to rebuild their lives after a fire at the Out in the Woods apartment complex in West Little Rock.

    Two firefighters were taken to a hospital with heat-related injuries, but a spokesperson with the Little Rock Fire Department said they have been treated and are now at home resting.

    One of the residents was a veteran who lost all of his belongings in yesterday's fire.

    "Sad and depressed. I just moved there over a month ago. Got me a job through the VA. I was a homeless vet, got my [VASH] voucher, and everything was going for me, and it's just gone," said veteran Thomas Jespersen. "I was in the army from '07 to 2010, [and] did a tour in Iraq from '08 to '09."

    The American Red Cross has been helping the 10 families who have been displaced by the fire. They said some are staying in hotel rooms, and others are staying with family and friends.

    "I think it goes without saying that many were stunned," said Brigette Williams with the American Red Cross. "While everyone didn't have renters insurance, many of them did."

    "I'm just happy that I wasn't here," added Jespersen. "It's horrific. I mean I took pictures of it. I mean it is all destroyed."

    Jespersen told THV 11 News that all he was interested in getting back was his dress uniform and his Class A uniform top. He said that someone got them Monday night and is cleaning them for him.

    "It feels awesome. I mean I didn't know I had that kind of support. I mean being a veteran, I've got help and prayers," he said.

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