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Apartment fire sparked by fireworks leaves renters homeless but not hopeless

Investigators believe fireworks are to blame for a fire that tore through several apartments (KBOI 2News Staff)

Several families in Boise are uncertain what the future holds after a fire tore through their apartments early Wednesday morning.

It happened just after 2:30 a.m. at the Edgewater Apartments.

Investigators believe fireworks are to blame. They say teenagers had been seen lighting fireworks in the area just hours before.

Some of the families whose homes were destroyed in the blaze came back in the daylight to see what little was left behind.

For some, there is nothing left.

"It's really hard. Especially since we just cancelled our renter's insurance pretty recently. So, it's pretty much a total loss for us at this point," said Sofia Steinbacher who lost her home in the fire.

Steinbacher and her boyfriend suffered the most damage, but eight families in total are without a place to call home.

Casey Lindenberg, the father of one of the families who has nowhere to go is just thankful to have his family. At one point, he wasn't sure if he'd be able to find them.

"I started running around looking for them because I'm not just gonna leave my kids to burn to death. I'm going to be looking for them and I couldn't. I almost died in there, I swear. I couldn't breathe or nothing. I was in there for about 10 minutes choking. [Then] I just came down and was hoping to God they were down here and they were. So, I'm just happy about that," said Lindenberg.

The Red Cross and Boise Burnout Fund are helping the families get back on their feet and hopefully find somewhere to live.

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