ANDERSON — A day after fires destroyed two apartment homes, American Red Cross spokesperson Ann Gregson said the organization has housed six of the families.
Fires in apartment housing on Columbus Avenue and 11th Street displaced at least nine people on Thursday. Friday afternoon Gregson said six families have been placed in a local hotel for the time being. The Red Cross has also assisted with the purchase of food and water. They have also provided seasonal clothes, hats and coats as needed.
Both of the houses were demolished after the fires burned through. What little was left of the house on 11th Street was taken down. The structure on Columbus Avenue, while not as bad, was deemed unsafe by Battalion Chief Eric Hutchinson and ordered to be razed. Everything the residents left in the buildings was lost.
Hutchinson said Thursday they were told by a resident at the Columbus Avenue property a candle started the fire. There was no known cause of the fire on 11th Street on Thursday. Calls made to the Anderson Fire Department's investigation team were not returned.
Gregson said the families will need help finding affordable housing in the Anderson area. She encouraged anyone with information or a desire to help to call the Red Cross' Greater Indianapolis headquarters at 1-888-684-1441.
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