CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – Four Cleburne families lost just about everything when their apartments were destroyed in a fire last night.

When firefighters arrived just before 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night flames were shooting out of the roof at the front and back of the two-story building.

The fire was so intense that firfighters were ordered out of the building for fear of the roof caving in, and fought it from the outside.

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The fire was under control by midnight but fire crews stayed on-site through the night working on hot spots.

18 people live in the destroyed homes. The Red Cross is being asked to help.