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Shreveport apartment faces violations for not meeting fire codes

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Tenant Rodney White describes the electrical issues that he suspects sparked a fire in his apartment. Tenant Rodney White describes the electrical issues that he suspects sparked a fire in his apartment.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A dozen Shreveport fire units responded to a fire at Villa Norte apartments just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. One apartment was destroyed by the flames. The fire sparked less than 24 hours after another fire at the same complex on Saturday.

It seems to be a continuous theme at the complex with many of the fires reportedly starting from electrical issues. Several tenants KSLA News 12 spoke with said they would move out if they were not afraid to break their lease because of the possibility of their unit being dangerous.

Rodney White lived in the apartment that caught fire Sunday. All he has left are the memories and a van he sleeps in at night since the fire destroyed everything he owned. White, who had lived inside the unit for the past nine months, said he got a call from a friend that his apartment was on fire.

"It all started here," said White, pointing to the A/C box on the wall. "This thing used to pop a little fire."

Shreveport Fire is still working to determine the cause of the fire but did confirm the fire started at an electrical outlet. Chief of Safety, Scott Wolverton, said the complex has violated at least nine fire codes over the past year.

"Some of the things were fire extinguishers not being installed, smoke detectors not in the units, stove top extinguishers," said Wolverton.

After handing out these violations, Wolverton said the manager did bring all but four apartments up to code. Fire Prevention sent a crew out to the facilities Monday afternoon to follow up and see if the repairs had been made to the units. According to their report, three of the apartments remained questionable and the department has given the manager until next Monday to prove the units are safe or legal action could be taken.

Wolverton also said that the previous manager that worked at Villa Norte in 2011 was issued a summons for violations similar to the ones they currently face. The manager no longer works at the complex and has a warrant out for her arrest.

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