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Apartment complex fire leaves 9 families without a home

Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 01:11:46-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.  — On Monday morning around 3 a.m., a fire ripped through several apartment complex units located in East Bakersfield on the 2000 block of Larcus. According to the red cross 28 people, 12 of whom are children, are all without a home now.

The Red Cross told 23ABC nine units were destroyed but there were no serious injuries reported. Cindy Huge, a local Red Cross spokeswomen said caseworkers are now working with all the families.

"All the families were assisted with financial assistance so they can make their choice of where they'd like to stay last night, and this assistance will be for food and clothing as well. Now, we do have client caseworkers with the Red Cross who will be calling the family within the 24 hours to make sure that everything is going okay for these nine families," said Huge.

Huge said it's case like this, that should be a reminder to the community that the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers to help out fellow Kern County residents.

"We always need volunteers. It's very simple to volunteer you go to and you can sign up and one of our volunteer specialists will call you and they will talk with you and give you all the training online. It only takes three or 4 hours to train. We need shelter workers, we need caseworkers, we need volunteers who will respond to fires like this to help the individuals that are in need," said Huge.