Fire displaces 11 families, injures 1
Community is needed to assist displaced families
September 13, 2007
Craig — A fire Thursday morning on the 400 block of Washington Street at an apartment complex sent one person to the hospital and left 11 families temporarily displaced.
The condition of the person is unknown at this time.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but details about the cause are expected to be released later today, said Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols.
The Fire Department and the Craig Police Department were alerted of the fire at 6:57 a.m. Thursday. Nichols said the fire was under control by 8 a.m. and contained by 9 a.m.
Fifteen firefighters, three engines and two trucks responded to the scene.
Six of the 12 units in the complex suffered heavy damage from the blaze, Nichols said.
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The Red Cross was on scene coordinating efforts for the fire victims.
Red Cross area lead Dan Bingham said he had talked to two families by 9 a.m., and that they were going to stay with family.
He said getting a place for the remaining families was a high priority.
“As you know, housing in Craig is real tight,” he said.
Bingham said the apartment complex owner was also looking at some of his other properties to possibly relocate the victims.
Finding temporary housing and getting stability for the families is the first step Bingham said. The next step is helping them get on with their lives, as many of the families likely lost clothing and personal items.
Bingham suggested that during the early stages people could donate items to the organizations like the Community Budget Center, at 555 Yampa Ave.
Peggy Satterwhite of the Budget Center said the business is setting up a spot where people can donate items – from clothing to furniture – specifically for the families involved in the fire.
“We’re going to need to help from the community on this,” Bingham said. “We really are.”
Story will be updated as information comes in.