Red Cross helps apartment fire victims

Fire victims spent the day cleaning out a 12-unit building at the Cedar Brook Apartment Complex in Jefferson City which was destroyed Monday.

The Cedar Brook Apartment Complex caught fire Monday afternoon and within an hours the Red Cross was there to help those residents.

"I TMm in shock. I live in the 2nd floor, Resident Victoria Woods said. It all started on the floor above my apartment."

So what exactly does the red cross do when they hear there is a fire?

"We call our volunteers that are trained in disaster of services, and we get our emergency response vehicle and it goes to the site of the incident, Red Cross Beth Bauer said. So we then access the situation."

Bauer said when they arrived they were able to set up a base to have case workers speak with residents about their needs.

"What's most important is that they have shelter, food, and clothing. In this case it was cold, we want to make sure they have a coat, you know seasonal items," Bauer said.

The Red Cross put a few residents in hotels, but for the most part a lot of them are staying with family or friends.

Bauer said the apartment complex owner was very helpful during the tough time.

"He immediately started calling, he didn't have any open units, he immediately started calling other landlords to help them get into an apartment immediately, Bauer said.

The owner of the apartment complex said he gave back the residents' deposit and December TMs rent.

He also said only four of the twelve apartment units had renter's insurance.

That insurance is helping those residents get the company Servpro.

It TMs a cleaning company that restores fire and water damage.

"In a case like this where the contents are wet, we dry them. After they're dry we clean them and we have a specially designed room to put them in that they can be deodorized," Servpro Owner Mike Swanigan said.

Swanigan said they also restore buildings after being burnt by fire and damaged by water.

The Samaritan center is collecting clothing and food donations for those victims.

The Red Cross in Jefferson City is taking cash donations.