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Surviving victims of a Port Arthur apartment complex fire that killed three children filed a temporary restraining order on Thursday to preserve evidence for a potential lawsuit.

The order, to prevent “crucial evidence” from being “discarded, altered or destroyed, was filed against Arthur Square Apartments by the Houston Law Firm VB Attorneys and granted by Judge Donald Floyd.

Resident Kenneth Morgan, who was among the dozens left homeless Wednesday by the fire in the 1600 block of Poole Avenue, petitioned for the order. He referred questions to his attorney, Byron Alfred, of Port Arthur. Alfred could not immediately be reached for comment.




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The order prevents the apartment complex from “damaging, modifying, altering, selling or disposing of” video footage and photographs of units damaged by the fire or smoke as well as documents regarding the building’s electrical work and complaints concerning the complex’s fire safety systems and devices.


The complex’s representatives could not be reached for comment.

The order, which guarantees Morgan’s attorneys can inspect the entire apartment building, stands until a July 17 hearing.

Port Arthur Fire Department officials said Thursday evening that an investigation is ongoing. Autopsies were performed Thursday on the fire’s three victims, Fire Marshal L. Paul Washburn said in a statement.

Late Wednesday morning, Morgan said he knew the mother who lost three children in the fire — two boys, ages 12 and 6, and one girl, 2.


Morgan said he fled his apartment when he saw the flames nearing his unit.

“I can’t say what it was like, you just knew you had to go,” he said. “You just didn’t know what was going to happen next.”



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