Apartment fire forces 161 residents to seek emergency shelter

ST. ANN, Mo. (KSDK) - It's a monumental task. Helping 161 people find temporary shelter. That's exactly what's happening after a fire in St. Ann.

Saturday is the second night residents of the Santa Ana Apartments will be staying in a nearby motel. Early Friday morning, a fire on the top floor of the building caused the sprinklers to go off, which flooded every floor below, forcing every resident from their home.

Now, as crews work to clean up these apartments, volunteers are working to make sure those displaced are fed.

"We really appreciate having somewhere to go," displaced resident Jessie Drummer said.

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The owner of the Santa Ana Apartments is paying for residents to stay at a nearby motel. And, the American Red Cross is making sure they have what they need.

"We're just making sure everybody is comfortable right now," said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the Greater St. Louis Regional chapter of the Red Cross.

Many of the residents had only the clothes on their backs when they were evacuated early Friday morning. Since then, maintenance workers have been available to retrieve the essentials.

"They welcomed me and they went in and got the items that I needed," Drummer said.

Drummer is one of many who had to leave their medication when they were evacuated from the complex, which serves the elderly and disabled.

"So with that you also have different needs that we need to be able to make sure we can take care of," Erickson said.

It will be at least a few more days before people are able to get back inside.

"We will certainly be here as long as the residents need us," Erickson said.


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