Organizations assist displaced families after Del Sol Apartment fire in Texas

Sixteen families living in the Del Sol apartment complex had to be relocated to temporary housing and were being supported by the American Red Cross and local churches following a fire that destroyed their homes and led to the rescue of three children. The fire at 3501 25th Ave. complex was reported around 7:50 a.m. and was brought under control by 9 a.m., according to Fire Chief David Zacherl. No occupants were injured or killed, according to Battalion Chief Mike Simons.

“We rescued three children from a balcony,” Zacherl reported. “The only injury sustained was a minor one to one of our firefighters, who has already received treatment and is now recuperating at home.” No one was taken to the hospital.

Out of the units that were destroyed, fifteen were occupied and one was empty. The building suffered significant damage, and firefighters were just beginning their investigation into the cause of the fire on Wednesday, according to officials. Investigators had already located the source of the fire in a downstairs apartment at the rear of the building. “All the families have been relocated, either through other units or different apartment complexes, and they have all been housed,” Simons stated.

We are collaborating with local business owners to help them purchase furniture, creating a space where they can come together as a family. We understand that these individuals have lost everything, many of them. Nine families were relocated to Stone Ridge Apartments, a sister property of Del Sol, located at 1115 State Highway 146 N. Two families will be staying with relatives, according to Bridgette Rangel, regional director of property management company Mosaic Residential.

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Officials were collaborating with the American Red Cross, a nonprofit organization that offers disaster relief, to accommodate the remaining families, Rangel mentioned on Wednesday afternoon.

City officials reached out to the American Red Cross Texas City Office on Wednesday morning to provide support for the displaced families, including food, water, and help in locating temporary housing. By Wednesday afternoon, the organization had helped 10 families, according to La Marque City Councilman Joe Compian, who is also a community leadership volunteer at the Red Cross. Compian praised the congregants of First Love Church for their assistance in providing a staging area that helped keep stress levels low.


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