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Sacajawea Residents Angered Over Apartment Fire

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PASCO, Wash. - NBC Right Now continues to follow the heartbreaking story of the dozens of residents of the Sacajawea Apartments in Pasco who are now without homes. A fire destroyed a portion of their building Saturday night.  

Many of these residents were heroic, helping each other out of the building. They have all had a couple days to process the shock effect of the fire and now some are beginning to voice their anger.

"I actually walked in one of the units with a fire extinguisher trying to grab a guy out and it just got to the point where the only thing you could do is just get out," said resident Mark Whitsett.

Mark Whitsett is one of the heroes of this story. His first reaction was not to run, but to help.

"I'm not even a hero. To be honest the smoke got to me too, so it was more like one more minute I probably would have had an issue myself," he said.

"The apartment where the fire had started was completely engulfed in flames and then went up a floor quite quickly," said apartment manager, Billie Vinson.

Billie Vinson who manages the building has been a solid force of support to all her residents. As of Monday she has been sitting in front of the building for 40 hours straight.

"I want to know why she didn't freak out to tell you the truth because I'd seen her like man this is crazy and she was just everywhere man," Whitsett said.

Before any of these residents can even get into the building to collect some of their personal belongings the owners of the building are having them sign a hand written release form, releasing them from all liability of injury.

"Quit trying to relieve the responsibility," Whitsett said.

Some residents say they do not think the owners are helping enough.

"I think they should step up and look at these people around here with worry on their mind and they're displaced. They don't know what's going on," said resident William Martin.

"Owners, help us out a little bit. We've all paid our rent. We're looking for some place to camp," said another resident Andrew Western.

For now apartment residents can stay at the Red Cross shelter at Pasco High School but many do not know what they will do after that.

The building is still under investigation by fire officials making sure everything was up to code. The owners told NBC Right Now they are not disclosing anything at this time because they have not visited the building yet.

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