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At least 41 people lose homes in apartment fire

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Jun 14 2013 07:30:37 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 14 2013 08:28:04 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Following up on the fire we told you about Thursday that ripped through a Missoula apartment complex.

The Montana Red Cross is working hard to take care of the people left homeless in the aftermath.

Disaster Director Colleen Tone says 41 people who lived at Vantage Villa Apartments are in need of assistance, and a lot of those folks have special needs.

"There are some people with functional and access needs who are living there, and we're working to fulfill those needs as well. For example, we deployed some shower chairs last night, so those residents can return to normalcy as much as they're able to during this time," said Tone.

Tone says this is the biggest emergency in Missoula the Red Cross has handled in years.

She says the people who have nowhere else to go are being housed at the Red Lion Inn, but a lot of them lost everything, including their clothes, cell phones, and medication.

To make a donation, or volunteer for the Red Cross, call 1-800-272-6668, or click here for more information.