Your local American Red Cross was at Burton’s Landing apartment complex in Grand Rapids at 6 a.m. this morning, responding to a fire in one of the complex buildings. Twenty units were affected, displacing over twenty individuals. Your Red Cross was there, providing for the emergency needs of all those affected, with food, shelter, medical supplies and vouchers for clothing.
This is the fourth apartment building fire since mid-January, starting with the large-scale fire at Indian Village Condos, which ravaged over 100 units, then followed by smaller, but still significant, incidents at the Crossings complex in Kentwood in late January, Franklin Mill apartments on Plainfield last week and Burton’s Landing at Burton and East Paris this morning.
This unprecedented amount of multi-dwelling fires has put a strain on the resources of the Red Cross, and we are relying on our community to help shoulder the cost. We will continue to provide emergency assistance to all affected by house fires and we ask the community to join us in taking care of our own, some of who have lost nearly everything they had.
If you’d like to help out and donate, there are three ways you can:
1. Donate online at www.greatergrandrapids.redcross.org.
2. Donate over the phone, using a credit card, by calling 616.456.8661 during business hours.
3. Stop by our chapter office at 1050 Fuller Ave. and donate in person.