Fire destroys Azalea apartment complex Wednesday morning.
Relief Agencies Join Forces to Help Apartment Fire Victims- August 17, 2013
It's been days since an apartment fire displaced more than 35 families, sending them to live in a hotel next door. Agencies like the Red Cross have been helping the victims with immediate needs like food and clothing, more resources and more experts are required to get them the help they need.
This information comes from Brian Scoles, spokesperson for the Red Cross Western Carolinas Region. He said the effort is coming together Monday, where ministries, non-profits and emergency management teams will be able to better help the victims recover.
"Many don't have the resources to plan for how to recover so we want to make sure we have the experts that can help get these folks on the road to recovery as fast as possible," said Scoles.
Marvin Hare said Monday can't come soon enough for his family. His daughter and his grandson are struggling to survive. They lost nearly everything in the fire as their apartments suffered some of the worst damage.
"We lived here because we had to. It was inexpensive and it took both of our paychecks to survive. Now we need help finding something like that place," said Hare.
Many other residents share his struggle.
Darlin Bell and her friend Marvin Maddex were gathering dinner Saturday. Not sure how long the help would keep coming.
"We have no place to live and that's what were really concerned with. Food, clothes, it's a home we need," said Bell.
The agencies will meet up to help victims at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville.