Lions Court Apartment Fire Update

Lions Court Apartment Fire Update

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Of the four apartments burned, three were occupied and now the American Red Cross is hard at work helping three families make their lives whole again.

Executive Director Red Cross, Katrina Farmer said "The red cross provides funds for food, shelter and clothing and then we're also doing follow-up case work if they lost medication or a medical device or a breathing machine, glasses, dentures, those types of things, we also help replace those."
    
Farmer also said if additional aid is needed following their immediate needs, they will assist with those as well.

"Say they found another place to stay, they've got moved in but they don't have a refrigerator, they need a refrigerator, they can come back to us and get one item or something that they need to make themselves whole on a case by case basis," Farmer.

Wichita Falls Fire Marshal, David Collins believes the fire was started by something left cooking on the stove and that it could have been prevented.

"One of the things we really try to stress when we talk about fire safety is, if you're going to be cooking, don't ever leave your cooking unattended, stay with whatever it is you're cooking until you finish cooking," Collins.  

Collins said eight units responded and at least 20 firefighters helped put out the flames that caused much damage.

"Roughly 100 thousand dollars damage to the structure and about 15 thousand dollars in content loss," Collins.

Still, as costly and now inconvenient as the fire may be for all of those involved.... it seems as though it could have been so much worse.

If you want to make a donation to the American Red Cross, you can visit 1-800-redcross, redcross.org, stop by their office at 1809 5th St or call their office at (940) 322-8687.


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