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Shreveport apartment meets fire code after facing summons

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A week after a fire at Villa Norte apartments destroyed one man's home, the Shreveport fire department was back at the complex following up on a final warning to the manager to make sure three units were up to code. The Shreveport fire department and fire prevention were at the complex around noon on Monday. KSLA News 12 was at the complex with the department arrived but we were asked to leave by the manager.

According to Fire Prevention, there were three units on the property that had not been cleared of violations. That meant they did not have the proper fire safety equipment. The fire department told the manager those units needed to be fixed by Monday or a summons would be issued.

"We got confirmation with them that those apartments had met the life safety requirements and the code. They do have stove top extinguishers. That's in accordance with the city ordinance," said Scott Wolverton, chief of safety for the Shreveport Fire Department. "They also have fire extinguishers that are working properly and working smoke detectors."

Since those units were up to code, Fire Prevention did not issue a court summons but we were told that the department would continue to stay in contact with Villa Norte to make sure they remain up to code.

We also spoke with Rodney White. He was the tenant whose apartment burned down at Villa Norte last week. He said he has been working with a family from Texas who saw KSLA News 12's report last week and they will be donating clothes and furniture to him once he finds a place to stay.

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