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Authorities say arson may be behind Everman apartment complex fire

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Firefighters south of Fort Worth battled a big apartment fire Thursday morning, which later rekindled Thursday night.

Crews from multiple cities battled the heavy flames and smoke at the Oakwood Terrace Apartments in Everman around 5:30 a.m. 

The fire forced nearly 60 residents to evacuate in the cold, many in their pajamas. School buses were eventually brought in to take them to a shelter set up at the city's community center.

"My granny lost everything she had and she had just paid for everything," said Markesha Cotton.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but authorities believe it may have been set intentionally by a person who previously lived at the apartments.

A woman described to FOX4 her encounter with a suspicious person just before the fire started.

"I seen him walking around, asked to come in and go to sleep on the floor and I said no. Next thing you know, I smelled something burning... front door lit up," said Freda Manning.

The American Red Cross brought the residents socks, shoes, warm clothes and breakfast. It will help the displaced families and operate a shelter for displaced residents.

One man who jumped from the second floor of the burning building was treated for a leg injury, but there was no serious injuries.

The fire continued to flare hours after the blaze had started and authorities decided to knock down the building due to heavy damage.

The Red Cross expects to shelter about 50 people who were displaced the fire.

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