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After apartment fires, officials remind about safe escapes

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Shemwood Creek apartments, which caught fire Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2016/FOX Carolina) Shemwood Creek apartments, which caught fire Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2016/FOX Carolina)
8 units were destroyed at Huntington Downs apartments in February (Feb. 8, 2016/FOX Carolina) 8 units were destroyed at Huntington Downs apartments in February (Feb. 8, 2016/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When an apartment catches, it affects many tenants. That's why officials say it is important for renters to know how to escape and how to prevent apartment fires. 

A fire at Shemwood Creek Apartments Tuesday has been ruled suspicious. There were no injuries. In July, an apartment complex in Boiling Springs caught fire. All tenants got out in time. 

And earlier in 2016, Huntington Downs Apartments caught fire, destroying eight units and displacing dozens. It's a nightmare management at that complex does not want to relive. 

"Our main focus is making sure the residents are safe and out of their apartment with minimal amount of damage," said Jennifer Rambo, Area Manager for Sealy Realty. "It was a very hard time for our residents," she said. 

Lt. Trent Cason with Boiling Springs Fire District responded to the call about that fire. 

"When you are living in an apartment, you gotta remember you are not the only person living there," said Cason. The cause of the Huntington Downs fire has not yet been determined and is still under investigation. 

Cason said the biggest reason for apartment fires is unattended cooking. 

Rambo added management at Huntington Downs goes over procedures and policies concerning fires with tenants at the time of move-in.

"Never leave anything unattended," said Rambo. "Your stove, do not leave candles burning, straighteners, curling irons..."

She added tenants should always call the fire department first, not management if a fire breaks out. Firefighters said in taller apartment buildings, have an escape plan, especially if you live on a higher floor. 

Management at local apartment complexes said renters insurance, two working smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher close by are also vital. 

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