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After North County apartment fire, residents worry about the complex's safety

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NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Dozens of families are still without a home after a seven alarm fire gutted a North County apartment complex and now new complaints over whether the buildings are truly up to code.

Saturday a fire broke out at Norwood Court Apartments displacing 52 people and destroying dozens of units.

Brittani Keely lives in one of the neighboring units and says she’s worried about what would have happened had the fire continued to spread.

“I’m a hard sleeper, so if that was my building, who knows what would happen to me?” Keely said.

That’s because she only has one smoke detector in her apartment, in the hallway.

Northeast Fire District Chief Quinten Randolph said Norwood Court passed their last inspection but the investigation is still ongoing.

According to Monarch Fire Marshall Roger Herrin, the National Fire Code requires an apartment to have a smoke detector outside the bedroom and inside the bedroom.

News 4 learned the complex does not have fire breaks, despite that being a new requirement under fire codes. Because of the building’s age, it was grandfathered in under the old code.

That’s not the case when it comes to the number of smoke detectors, according to Herrin.

News 4 tried to get answers from the managers at Norwood Court, but they refused to comment.

Investigators have not determined a cause, but hope to know more next week. In the meantime, Keely just wants to feel safe in her apartment.

“Fix it; prevent the problem from happening so there won’t be a next time," Keely said.

Click here to access a GoFundMe account created to help one of the families. 

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