Donations pour in for residents displaced by Charlotte apartment fire

- Dave Fontana tells FOX 46 Charlotte he took ownership of Woodscape Apartments at the beginning of June. His first priority was making sure residents were safe.

What we did in the first three days, is we checked the fire extinguishers, the fire alarm and we also checked all the smoke detectors and we put new batteries in a lot of them and we replaced a lot of them," Fontana said.

Fontana says he hopes they catch the suspect, calling his actions heinous. He says the fire destroyed the home of one big family which he quickly came to know.

"I'd like to see him charged with attempted murder and 120-130 counts of attempted murder actually," said Fontana.

Fontana tells FOX 46 that 12 units were heavily damaged some by water and six lost to fire. The rest of the building he says has exterior damage. He's working to get the residents back home as soon as possible. 

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"We're meeting with contractors today and tomorrow to try and get the portion that was burned out demolished. We want to get the building safe and try to get the tenants back in, in the next 10-15 days,” Fontana said.

Efforts to help residents have been coming from all over and donations to New Hope Baptist Church have been pouring in. 

"CMS brought clothes, brand new clothes. People have been dropping off towels, toiletries, diapers, wipes, pots and pans, you know, everything that these families are going to need,” said Carolyn Shousky, a volunteer at the church.

Shousky stepped up knowing all too well the loss these families feel.

"In 2014 my trailer caught fire and, you know, we had some donations but it was nothing compared to this. It makes me want to cry to see how many people are reaching out,” said Shousky.

Cars have been rolling in and out full of donations, and the Red Cross is working to help get these resident's lives back on track.

"Where are they gonna go, helping them find a new apartment to move into. How do we get them back to work as quickly as possible?" said Angela Broome Powley, Regional CEO for the Red Cross.

The Red Cross says they are keeping the shelter open Tuesday night and possibly Wednesday.

For everyone concerned about the displaced pets we’re told several dogs, cats and birds are being cared for by Charlotte Animal Control.

In the meantime, donations are still needed including socks, men’s clothing, toiletries, and home goods. 

 

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