Fire destroys several Indiantown buildings

Arson suspected

INDIANTOWN, Fla. - Robin Jones tiptoes back into his apartment for the first time. "Speechless, I don't even wanna' look at it," he sighs.

There is nothing left of his home besides a few pictures of his family that Jones says remind him that in time he will be okay.

"First thought...it wouldn't get to me but it did," he said.

Hours earlier he was asleep in his bed when he was startled by the screams of his neighbor.

"I called 911 and then tried to wake him up," said Ernest McKnight, who was awakened by his dog.

McKnight was able to help Jones out of his home in the nick of time. "Saw flames shooting up some 10-15 feet."

It took crews 40 minutes to put out the fire that started in a vacant apartment and quickly spread to 4 others nearby.

"We are going to be investigating this as an arson fire," Martin County Fire Rescue spokesman Doug Killane told our news partners at tcpalm.com. "We believe that it's suspicious in nature."

Robin Jones doesn't know where he'll go from here. The Red Cross is assisting him. He's only left with the clothes on his back.

Right now he says that's enough for him.

The state Fire Marshal was notified and will assist Martin County Fire Rescue investigators to determine how the fires began.
 

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