A shelter operated by the Red Cross for residents of the Studio City Apartments in Cuyahoga Falls closed Wednesday, April 19, after caseworkers were able to ensure that all residents in need of shelter had suitable alternative housing, according to a Red Cross news release.
The shelter opened on Friday, April 14, following the fire late on Thursday. Here are more details about the effort:
° Up to six residents daily were provided with safe shelter, warm meals and comfort care;
° Red Cross assistance will continue for the foreseeable future for nearly 80 people affected by the fire;
° Caseworkers are meeting with residents one-on-one to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies; and
° Most of the work is being done by volunteers, who have received specialized training to help people following a disaster.
Four people were injured and transported to an area hospital following the fire last Thursday. Approximately 120 residents of the building that caught fire were displaced from their homes, according to Mayor Don Walters.