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Fire at Lauderhill apartment leads to arson investigation

Police say women who live there had been involved in domestic dispute

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – A fire that sparked Wednesday morning at a Lauderhill apartment is being investigated as an act of arson, police said.

The fire started before sunrise at the Park West Rentals on Northwest 46th Avenue.

Firefighters were called and quickly extinguished the flames.

Police said two women who live in the apartment weren't home at the time of the fire, but they were called to a domestic dispute involving the women Tuesday afternoon.

"I know the girl set the house on fire. For sure, for sure," one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. "She told me she found her girlfriend in the house with another girl."

The fire was contained to one apartment, but several residents were forced out of their homes because of water damage. The American Red Cross was providing assistance to the displaced residents.

"In our bathroom, the water bubbles are forming and the ceiling is caving in," one neighbor said.  

"I'm so mad," another resident said. "Now I've got to dish out extra money here. I've got a security deposit. I've been here two years. I've had no problem here, but now I've got to move."

No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made. Police said the women who live at the apartment have not been seen since the fire broke out. 

The state fire marshal is investigating.