SAN ANTONIO, TX, February 26, 2013 – Red Cross volunteers responded to a three alarm blaze at the Wood Hollow apartments on the 10800 block of Sahara (on the city’s northeast side) last night. It took 41 apparatus to extinguish the fire that claimed all thirty-six apartments in building twelve.
The water used to put out the fire caused flooding and water damage to building number eight which stood nearby. You can add collateral damage to building number seven which suffered heavy smoke damage and some flooding. (Although, most of the people who live in that structure were allowed back in their homes before the night was over.) All totaled 66 units were impacted with nearly 100 residents wondering where they would lay their heads.
Red Cross volunteers shine the brightest when disaster strikes. These twelve men and women were on hand to bring food, water and help with the paperwork that helped to take displaced residents to a hotel where they could collect their thoughts and get some much needed rest.
Personnel from the San Antonio chapter are back out at the complex today still working case management for those who suffered loss in this fire. The Red Cross has committed upwards of $18,000.00 dollars in financial assistance and that’s not including hotel stays.
We are accepting donations that will help these displaced families. You can do so online by going to SAREDCROSS.ORG and on the left hand side of the screen click on DONATE NOW it will walk you through the process. You can also text “RED CROSS” to 90999 to make an immediate ten dollar donation.
The Red Cross was also on the scene at three other fires that occurred in South and Southwest Bexar County. Sadly these fires claimed the lives of three people. We are providing food, clothing, shelter and mental health services for surviving family members.
A press conference is scheduled by the San Antonio Fire Department for this afternoon at approximately 4:00 CST. Officials from the City and the Red Cross will be on hand to discuss these fire events.
Please note: The Red Cross is not accepting donations of clothing or household items at this time.
If you should need more information please contact Rafael Aviles, Regional Communications Manager / Southwestern Region / San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross at (210) 582-1948.