Community helps families displaced by N. Spokane apartment fire



Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 6:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Red Cross continued to provide help on Monday to the residents displaced by a fire at the Brick Haven apartment complex on Saturday.

There were 55 residents on Monday who were displaced by the fire and were using Red Cross’ help. Red Cross opened a shelter at Spokane Friends Church. The Red Cross said the shelter will remain open until all of the residents have found new permanent housing.

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The Red Cross said it is prepared to provide assistance with first month’s rent and/or a security deposit for each family to help move them in to new housing if they are not able to cover this cost. The organization added that all of the families were connected to a Red Cross caseworker and were being provided with assistance, including financial assistance to replace clothes, household items, food and medical items.

One woman said she created a Facebook page to help the families. She has driven from home to home collecting donations for the families. She said she does not know any of the families personally but wanted to help.

“That doesn't matter. They didn't deserve everything to be burned to the ground,” said April Kinney.

Kinney was making 37 stops Monday to pick up and drop off donations for the families. Kinney’s car was being run on gas sponsored by someone else who wanted to help.

"For me just looking for a few donations to help out, turned into this big to do that is just amazing. I can't believe it,” said Kinney.
One man donated some baby clothes and even a bed. His neighbor even threw in a couple of bags.

"That's what we're supposed to do as people. Help one another-- be there for each other when in need,” said Gordon Cresse.

Another woman donated a crib, toys and clothing her children have out grown.

The Red Cross said the disaster is one of 60 disasters is has responded to since the start of 2014. The Red Cross said financial donations were greatly needed to ensure the services are available to local victims.

The community can support local disaster victims by donating to the American Red Cross online or at 315 W. Nora Avenue.

Kinney also said she is need of a storage unit for all of the donated items. She also said she was hoping for volunteers. You can coordinate with Kinney by commenting in the Facebook page called "North Atlantic Fire Recovery."

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The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday.