ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A local apartment complex is helping residents who were displaced after a five-alarm blaze ripped through their midtown St. Louis apartment building Tuesday night.
Emergency crews got the call around 7 p.m. for a fire at the four-story apartment building in the 3900 block of Lindell. They arrived on the scene to find flames erupting from the top floor and through the roof of the structure. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles.
Residents were rushed from the building and into the streets as some 160 firefighters positioned ladder trucks around the burning structure. Several firefighters were overcome by the heat, but they were not seriously injured.
The fire was brought under control just before 10 p.m. Exactly what sparked the blaze is still under investigation.
On the 3949 Apartments Facebook page Wednesday morning, this statement was issued:
“Current & Future Residents, we are now able to say that the entire building has been destroyed. We will be refunding all of July’s rent, all deposits and pre-paid items. Checks can be picked up from us on Friday this week. A letter will be going out to assist with insurance claims.
All leases current and future will be cancelled at this time.”
An official with the Humane Society tells News 4 that residents displaced from the fire can take their animals to the shelter’s headquarters located on Macklind or to the location at Lindell and Vandeventer. The shelter will keep the animals free of charge until their owners find housing.
Displaced residents are urged to call (314) 446-4501 for help finding shelter. Several hotels have offered discounted rates for residents as well.
Officials from a local apartment complex, West End City Apartments, said Wednesday it’s helping residents who were displaced in the fire.
West End City Apartments, located at 275 Union Boulevard, said it be accepting donations from the St. Louis community from July 18 through July 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Officials said items especially needed are toiletries, used or new clothing, bedding, towels and washcloths, non-perishable food items and gift cards.
“Items donated will be distributed to displaced residents in individual care packages,” officials said in a statement.
West End City Apartments will also be offering former 3949 Lindell’s residents with waived application and administration fees, a $400 credit and a reduced security deposit of $150.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact Christopher Beckwith at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (314) 227-0892.