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Westlake motel residents pick up the pieces after Christmas fire
Westlake motel residents pick up the pieces after Christmas fire

Robert Lindsay smelled smoke Christmas night as he walked through the light green courtyard of the JJ Park Motel Residence. He took a bag of groceries to his room — where his 10-year-old son, Kanyae, was watching a basketball game — and went back outside. "That's when I saw the flames on the building," Lindsay said. "People were running around knocking on doors trying to alert others. I saw some people jumping out of the windows." On Friday, Lindsay and his son stood inside a scorched hallway with other tenants as he recalled the chaotic scene. Management said the fire left more than 50 people displaced after flames swept through the residential...

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