Residents displaced by fire find temporary homes at local hotels

Residents displaced by fire find temporary homes at local hotels

Residents displaced by fire find temporary homes at local hotels

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by Eric Lorenz / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 12:01 PM

(KMOV.com) – Residents displaced by the fire at a Midtown apartment complex have found a temporary home at two local hotels.

Twenty residents displaced by the fire stayed at Ignacio Hotel on Olive Boulevard Tuesday night.  Another 20 stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites on Lindell Boulevard.

The residents whose apartments were destroyed will not be allowed into the complex to retrieve any leftover belongings because the building has been deemed unsafe.

Some apartment units on the McPherson Avenue side of the complex are undamaged by fire or water.  Those residents were not allowed to stay in their units Tuesday night and it’s not clear when they will be allowed back inside.  Officials said they aren’t sure if the undamaged units will be liveable due to the damage to the other portion of the complex.

Fire officials said less than 10 pets were rescued by firefighters.

The Red Cross has responded to help those displaced by the blaze.  They usually provide finances for a couple nights stay in a hotel, food and a few clothes.  They will also put victims in touch with organizations that can help them find a new apartment or home.

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