Fire leaves 14 people near Muncie homeless

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (October 12, 2015) -- A fire that destroyed an apartment complex just outside of Muncie left fourteen people looking for new homes.

Mary Rose and her three sons are one of the families struggling to find basic needs Monday.

"Somewhere for me and my three kids and (my husband) to stay tonight. Figuring out we are going to take showers. What we are going to eat for dinner," Rose said about her plans for Monday afternoon.

The fire started in the middle of the complex Saturday night and then spread quickly to all six units.

“This was our home and it just got jerked out from underneath us," Rose said. "We just have to start over."

The American Red Cross provided some short-term disaster assistance to the residents in the form of money. Rose said after a night in a Muncie hotel, the funds are about gone.

“It just feels like a dream and we want to wake up," she said.

The Red Cross said families will now have to reach out to the Salvation Army or other local charitable organizations for long-term housing assistance.

The landlord of the complex said he will have to demolish all the units and does not know if he will be able to rebuild.

Scene video provided by The Muncie Star Press.

 

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