CEN­TRAL TEXAS FIRES Hun­dreds may have lost homes in apart­ment fire

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - By Ben­jam­inwer­mund bw­er­mund@states­man.com Fires B

Most of the res­i­dents dis­placed Thurs­day when a fire burned 68 apart­ments at the In­ter­na­tional Res­i­dences in North Austin had found a place to stay by Fri­day night, with dozens of fam­i­lies hav­ing re­ceived as­sis­tance from the Amer­i­can Red Cross of Cen­tral Texas, of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

At least 200 peo­ple had reg­is­tered as need­ing as­sis­tance from the Amer­i­can Red Cross of Cen­tral Texas by Fri­day evening, Red Cross spokes­woman Sara Kennedy said.

Only two fam­i­lies — about 16 peo­ple — were ex­pected to stay at a shel­ter at the North- west Fel­low­ship Church at 13427 Pond Springs Road on Fri­day night, she said. Those fam­i­lies were plan­ning to move into new apart­ments Satur­day, she said.

“A lot of folks were able to go home last night, and folks who weren’t have been really suc­cess­fully placed in new apart­ments,” she said. In all, the Red Cross pro­vided as­sis­tance to about 60 fam­i­lies, she said.

Of­fi­cials on Fri­day still did not have a count of how many peo­ple were dis­placed by the fire but said hun­dreds were ex­pected to have lost their homes in the blazes.

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