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Apartment blaze leaves mother, child homeless

An apartment fire Monday night displaced a South Boston woman and her 16-month-old son and resulted in $40,000 damage to the apartment complex located at 1611 Haskins Street in South Boston.

According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, 15 South Boston firefighters responded at 6:53 p.m. with three trucks to the apartment complex owned by Wayne Stevens. Halifax Volunteer Fire Department assisted with eight firefighters and two trucks.

When firemen arrived on the scene, they found the apartment occupied by Keisha Fallen and her son in flames, with most of the fire contained to the living room.

 Firefighters remained on the scene until 8:12 p.m. extinguishing the blaze using 1,000 gallons of water.

South Boston Police Sgt. Randy Redd, who was called to the scene to investigate the fire, said he found nothing suspicious. 

The fire appeared to be electrical in nature, he added.

Phillips estimated the apartment complex, valued at $300,000, sustained $40,000 in damage. 

The American Red Cross is assisting Fallen and her 16-month-old son who were displaced by the fire.