Red Cross helps victims of apartment complex fire

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BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — Wednesday night, nearly 50 people are displaced following an overnight fire.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze at the Stonebridge Apartments in Beavercreek near the Greene.

The state fire marshal has been out on the scene.

Officials say the fire started on a second floor balcony, but no cause has been determined.

Families in salvageable units have not been allowed back inside their homes alone or permanently.

The building, according to authorities, is structurally dangerous from the water damage.

To avoid any causalities or injuries, they have accompanied some families back inside their homes to retrieve essential belongings.

Officials say at least 18 of the 24 units are extremely damaged.

They’re mostly 3 and 4 bedroom apartments; residents of those damaged units will have to look for new homes.

Many 2 NEWS spoke with say they’re still waiting on management to learn if they can be housed in other units.

Beairshelle Edmé reached out to the complex, but they declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has been on hand since Tuesday night and again Wednesday afternoon.

Disaster relief teams say about 5 families were assisted with temporary homes Tuesday night and they expect to help more in the coming days.

“Many folks are almost numb, you know, the experience of it, but they’re able to give us all the basic information. Even our initial DAP teams, our disaster action teams, try to be compassionate and try to calm down the folks that we’re dealing with,” explained David Fleming, a team leader with the Red Cross DAP..

For residents looking for help, officials urge you to contact the Red Cross immediately.

Officials can be contacted at (937) 222-6711or at their offices at 370 W 1st St, Dayton, OH 45402.

For now, authorities say they see no evidence of foul play here.

Despite that, officials will continue to search for clues as to what started this fire, the fourth for the complex in recent years provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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