Red Cross Helps Families Displaced by Lakewood Apartment Fire

Fire Safety
In Colorado, the Red Cross responds to an average of more than one disaster a day.

Denver, June 30, 2014 – The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food, clothing, personal care items, and baby supplies for people displaced by an early morning fire at a multi-story apartment building in Lakewood.

The fire at 693 Urban Ct. in Lakewood destroyed one unit and caused heavy smoke damage to seven others, rendering the sixth floor temporarily uninhabitable. Red Cross volunteers are assisting 16 people, including providing shelter for four families.

This is the third multi-unit fire incident the Red Cross has responded to in the past week. In total, Red Cross volunteers have helped 24 families – a total of 51 people – affected by six separate home and apartment fires in the Denver-metro area over the past week. “In Colorado, the Red Cross responds to an average of more than one disaster a day, and most of those disasters are home fires,” said Jaici Murcia, Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “Fires can happen any time of the year and are devastating to those who lose their homes and belongings.”

The Red Cross urges residents to follow these fire safety tips and encourages apartment owners/managers to share this fire safety tip sheet with renters.

Additionally, the Red Cross offers these fire safety tips for the 4th of July holiday: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Safety-Tips-for-All-Around-Holiday-Fun

If you would like to donate to support Red Cross assistance to victims of home fires and other disasters, visit www.redcross.org/co/denver/ways-to-donate.