Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Tuesday, Jul 16 at 3:26 PM
SPOKANE – One month ago, seven families lost their home after a fire at Geno’s restaurant spread to the Sinto Apartments in the Gonzaga University area.
Most families have found new places to live, but two families are still staying with friends and family until they find a place that suits them, according to SNAP’s Bob Peeler who works with homeless services.
Peeler said all the families are considered moderate-to-low income. Some had jobs, others were disabled or handicapped. Their ages ranged from babies to seniors. But Peeler said one family came out better than the rest because they had renter’s insurance.
“We had one family, had renter’s insurance, and she got three weeks in a motel, she got replacement value of her stuff, and it was $10 a month,” Peeler said.
Fire investigators determined that someone intentionally set the fire at Geno’s. The owners of Geno’s could not be reached for comment, but on the restaurant’s Facebook page, a post told fans they would reopen in a month or so, but that was one month ago.
In the meantime Belfor Construction Services, the company doing the demolition of both the Sinto Apartments and Geno’s said that process will likely take another month, before anything is rebuilt.