Residents Question Complex Safety After Deadly Fire

Loved ones remember fire victims in vigil

By Kimberly King
|  Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 AM CDT
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Friends and family of the victims held a vigil for the two people killed in the fire at the Tanglewood Apartments.

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Friends and family of the victims held a vigil for the two people killed in the fire at the Tanglewood Apartments.

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Residents of an Arlington apartment complex that burned over the weekend say the building's rundown condition could have contributed to the deadly fire.

Erica Joyner, 11, and Kim Moore, 29, were killed in Saturday's fire at the Tanglewood Apartments on Abram Road near the General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant.

Friends and family of the victims remembered them at a vigil Wednesday night.

"Erica was such a sweet girl. She was one of my friends," said Jordan Moore, a classmate of Erica's at Wood Elementary who is not related to Kim Moore.

Kim Moore worked at the complex as a housekeeper. Friends said she was a caring young woman who worked hard.

But some residents and the assistant apartment manager said the 20-apartment complex was rundown and in need of repair.

"This place should have been torn down 15 years ago," said Billy Franklin, Tanglewood resident.

An assistant manager said the complex had $20,000 in code violation fines last summer for a broken air-conditioning system.

She the complex also had sewage problems and residents complained about broken electrical outlets.

Arlington fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

"I do think they need to find out what happened," said Erica Moore, whose daughter was a fourth-grade classmate of Erica.

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