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Groups Pitch in to Help Apartment Fire Victims

Posted August 21, 2007 2:00 p.m. EDT

— Several area groups came to the assistance of dozens of people left homeless by a Monday apartment fire, according to the American Red Cross.

A fire destroyed 22 units at Brentwood East Apartments, at 3819 Bonneville Court near New Hope Church Road. Three people were injured in the fire, and more than 70 people were left homeless.

Authorities said Tuesday that they haven't determined the cause of the fire, which they said started on an apartment balcony.

New Hope Baptist Church, the Raleigh Baptist Association and the North Carolina Baptist Men’s Association provided shelter, hot meals and showers for 45 victims of the fire. The Interfaith Food Shuttle provided a hot meal for all of the victims Monday night, and El Pueblo, a Hispanic advocacy group, brought activity and coloring books for the children. Neighbor to Neighbor’s Latino Outreach program brought clothes and other personal items, and North Carolina State University provided bath linens.

“We are grateful and fortunate to have such caring partners in this great time of need,” Barry Porter, executive director of the Red Cross' Triangle Area Chapter, said in a statement. "It takes many more people and organizations to partner with the Red Cross when so many people are left homeless.”

The shelter at New Hope Baptist Church will remain open until the disaster victims have been relocated, Porter said. The Red Cross also will provide money to the victims to help buy food, new clothes, medicine and other emergency needs, he said.

After the emergency phase, the Red Cross will provide guidance and other financial assistance to help the displaced families recover and relocate, he said.