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Residents waiting to return home after fire

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GREENFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Several residents are still waiting to hear about when they'll be allowed to move back home after a fire broke out in a Greenfield apartment complex.

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night crews responded to an apartment fire at the Mill House apartments in Greenfield, a four story, 103 unit building that houses many elderly and handicapped residents. Over 100 people were evacuated outside in the cold.

"It was chaos, shock, dismay," resident Cynthia Dodge said.

Some still can't go back home.

"We were told we couldn't go back in the place. We had to go to the motel, so now they told us they don't know when we're going to get back in," resident Charles Kimplin said.

Many residents were able to go back into their apartment after the fire was put out, but now many of those units have water and smoke damage.

"I was one of the lucky ones that got to go back into my apartment and stay there last night, but they had to come in with the big machines and suck the water out," Dodge said.

Cleaning crews were coming through the building Wednesday afternoon, removing water and attempting to air out the smokey building.

Greenfield Fire Department said the fire started in apartment 309, but the cause is still under investigation.

"This building is extremely well managed, so things are going to be back running and in place within no time," resident Johana Castila  said.

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