Struggle continues for fire victims in east Charlotte

- About 40 people are still sleeping at a temporary shelter in Charlotte after an apartment fire destroyed their homes last week.

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The American Red Cross has set up the shelter at Albemarle Road Middle School.

The fire displaced 130 people. Many of those victims have been able to located permanent housing through the American Red Cross and management at the apartment complex that was damaged. There’s no definite timeline of when those ruined apartments will be repaired.

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American Red Cross workers expect the shelter will remain open for several more days as they work to find the remaining victims new long term living arrangements. 

Financial, furniture and food donations are what’s needed most right now. You can contact the American Red Cross at 1-800 RED CROSS or 704-347-8252. They will tell you where to donate these items at. They’re working with a number of agencies and churches to distribute and store items.

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The community has helped a lot within the last week by donating clothes to victims.

New Hope Baptist Church at 7841 Idlewild Rd. is also collect items for residents. They say residents are still in need of canned food products, towels, wash cloths, rolls of toilet paper, and rolls of paper towels and they invite residents in need to come by the church.

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