American Red Cross helps East Ridge fire victims relocate
EAST RIDGE, Tennessee(WDEF) – The 10 senior residents displaced by a structure fire at Senior Saints Assisted Living Home have already found shelter at other assisted living facilities.
Thursday evening, a fire erupted at Senior Saints Assisted Living Home on Belvoir Avenue. Fortunately all 14 people including 10 senior residents had safely evacuated. Thanks to the American Red Cross, none of those residents are on the street.
“Three of our volunteer teams went out to access what the needs of the clients who had been displaced by the fire and helped them work through a pan to get them relocated to another facility and make sure all their immediate needs were met,” said American Red Cross Executive Director Julia Wright.
She told News 12 the American Red Cross is accustomed to helping individuals and even families relocate after a disaster. But Thursday’s incident is a special case because the fire victims are already in an assisted living situation.
“We look for the partnerships. All facilities should have their own emergency plan and so we helped them facilitate that emergency plane,” Wright said.
Although fire officials strongly believe a lightning strike likely caused the blaze, it still remains under investigation.
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