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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Many residents of a St. Louis apartment complex are homeless after a massive fire swept through the building.

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Firefighters battle a five-alarm apartment fire Tuesday at in St. Louis. About 100 people fled the building and 160 firefighters from the city and St. Louis County battled the blaze.

The fire broke out Tuesday night at the four-story, 197-unit apartment complex on Lindell Boulevard in the city’s Central West End. No residents were injured but two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The building has been deemed a total loss.

Firefighters were unable to get inside to rescue many pets, though officials said Wednesday that some got out on their own. By Wednesday morning, about 10 pets were found alive inside the remains of the building.

Two hotels were offering rooms to residents displaced by the fire.

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