Overnight Fires Leave 50 People Homeless

Published 12/17 2013 06:27PM

Updated 12/18 2013 09:28AM

Crews work two separate fires overnight and now fifty people are without homes.

The Red Cross is helping those people, providing them with a place to stay.

A fire started just before 10 p.m. Monday at the High Point Village apartments on Professional Drive

Fire officials say the fire was contained to only one of the apartments. The resident there, was said to have been evicted the day before.

Officials say they believe it started in the living room.

Seven other apartments were damaged by smoke and flames.

No injuries were reported, but officials say the fire caused about $800,000 in damage.

The Red Cross arrived on scene to help eight families affected by the fire and moved them into the Econolodge for the night.

We put them in the Econolodge. So they were at the Econolodge when we had the second fire, so they were evacuated from there and had to wait until they could get back into the hotel,” said Katrina Farmer from the American Red Cross in Wichita Falls.

Officials say around 4 a.m. Tuesday crews worked to contain what they call a three alarm blaze, because of the size of the motel and the number of people inside.

Officials say the motel was evacuated and that the flames were contained to one room where two adults and three children were staying.

They say the fire resulted in $100,000 dollars in damage.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of both fires.

The red cross says there were 23 children within the eight families they helped from the fires.

Unfortunately, many holiday gifts were lost.

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