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22 people forced to seek temporary shelter after electrical fire at extended stay hotel

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The American Red Cross is working to provide nearly 22 residents of a Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham on Lima Road the chance to access temporary shelter.

It comes after fire damaged hotel rooms where they stayed. Late Tuesday evening, fire investigators say they determined the cause of the fire that started Tuesday morning in one of the residential buildings on the property as electrical in nature. Dozens of people passed by on busy Lima Road as smoke poured from the hotel.

Fort Wayne Fire Department personnel went around, pounding on doors to make sure people and animals could get out safely. There were no injuries, but several residents whose living units and belongings were destroyed in the fire don’t know what the immediate future holds.

“We were working so hard to get back on our feet and I’ve lost everything. I don’t know if their insurance is going to cover the stuff that I had in my room,” said Amanda Waters, one of the residents impacted.

The Red Cross is working with partner organizations in this area to get aid to those who may need clothing and longer-term housing options. Other residents are still trying to come to grips with what happened.

“I have no idea what to do now, I haven’t mentally comprehended it yet,” said Lacie Creager.

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