An early morning fire at a Hopkinsville apartment complex Saturday is under investigation after taking the life of father of two, Veairrus Leavell.
"He loved his family," said the mother of Leavell's children, Tynesha Henry. "He loved his kids. He was just trying to do everything he could to take care of his kids. He actually had something to live for. His kids were all he had, and he wanted to do everything he could to be in their lives and actually be a father to them."
Saturday morning, crews responded to a fire at the Mason's Pointe Apartments on North Elm Street in Hopkinsville. Fire investigators said Leavell was the only person in the top floor apartment where the fire started. He later died from smoke inhalation.
"I didn't even realize until someone told us," said Hopkinsville resident Daryl Lewis. "Someone lost their life? How? The damage doesn't look like anything from the outside. Once I walked inside, the smell of smoke was pretty strong."
Lewis packed suitcases Saturday, helping his mother-in-law temporarily move from one of the other apartments damaged in the fire.
Saturday's fire marks the second fatal fire in Hopkinsville in less than two weeks after 95-year-old Rosa Owen died in her East Seventh Street home.
"It happens all the time, but when it happens close to home, your heart just aches for those families that would lose a loved one this time of year," said Lewis.
The staff at Mason's Pointe Apartments have evacuated the units surrounding the one that burned. They said those residents have been placed in other homes in the complex.
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