Red Cross works to help families displaced by fire

Volunteers assisting tenants of a downtown Vernon apartment building

The Canadian Red Cross is actively responding to meet the needs of people affected by devastating residential fires throughout the province.

Four apartment fires (one in Vernon) and one house fire have disrupted the lives of families in communities across B.C.

In five communities around the province, Red Cross Disaster Management volunteers are meeting with residents to assess their situations, provide them with goods and/or services to meet their immediate and ongoing needs, link them to appropriate agencies, and provide a listening ear.

In Nanaimo, Langley, Saanich and Vernon, Red Cross volunteers are working with local Emergency Social Services and agencies to help residents impacted by apartment fires.

In Vernon, a recent fire at the Capri Gardens originally displaced about 75 tenants.

Most of them have since been allowed back in their homes as the damage was contained to three units and hallways.

In Langley, 100 suites were damaged in the fire and more than 60 people evacuated; there has been one death. In Terrace, Red Cross is working with Muskamo Housing to help a family of eight impacted by a house fire.

“Our thoughts are with the communities and our condolences go out to those families who have experienced great personal loss,” said Kimberley Nemrava, Red Cross’ B.C. director.

“We are working hard all across B.C. to make sure people affected by the fires have the support they need. We’re also grateful to the dedicated volunteers who are on-the-ground in the communities providing that assistance.”