Red Cross Lends Support After Fire

After fire in Mountain Iron Red Cross lends a hand

A fire this weekend in Mountain Iron took one life and shook an entire apartment complex but many are coming to their side to help after the tragedy.

The fire department was called early Saturday morning for a fire in an apartment building, sending many out on the street with nothing to do but watch.

Within hours the Red Cross was there to help with anything they could.

The fire left eight families with nothing but the clothes on their backs and no where to stay.

The Red Cross placed the families in a hotel and helped meet their basic needs but that wasn’t the most important job the red cross did that day.

“People want to talk. They want to know that everything is going to be OK. Red Cross, Salvation Army and other groups, we do our best,” Tony Geerra.

The apartment company alerted the Red Cross that families were allowed back in to their apartments Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, helping ShaVondria Owens’ family cope with the loss of the 25–year–old won’t be as easy for the group.

“We have an integrated care team that is going to meet with the family of the person who lost her life at the fire on Saturday. they will be offering assistants, behavioral health, one of our counselors to talk to her some nurses to help out and a case worker.”

Her friends and family have also set up a Go-Fund-Me page to try to pay for her burial.

The page, created Saturday has received 32 donations amounting to 985 dollars, their overall goal is 6,000 dollars

The family will also be given other types of help.

“There are things we can do to help make her life a little better right, financially but most importantly emotionally.”

Owens leaves behind a three year old daughter, who wasn’t at the apartment during the fire.

The Red Cross plans to meet with family Tuesday afternoon.

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