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The Huntsville Fire Department returned to Magnolia Place Apartments Thursday to extinguish hot spots. On Wednesday, a fire tore through 15 apartments and left at least 20 people without a home.
Firefighters let some people back in to get their belongings on the side of the apartment complex with the least amount of damage.
People who live in the most damaged apartments might not ever be able to get back in.
"Ain't really too much I can save, but I just want to clean it up and help out anyone out here that I can," said Roy McClendon.
On Thursday, less than 24 hours after the fire, some residents went in to try to see what they could save.
"It looks worse than it is to us, you know, we thought we lost everything," said Nicholas Jolly.
Nicholas Jolly lived in one of the lower floor apartments where there is less damage than there is for his upstairs neighbors, but his apartment still received a lot of damage.
"The car seat had a little debris on it, but it's better than we expected," said Jolly.
Fourteen of the 15 units affected were occupied before being destroyed.