Red Cross opens shelter for Devonshire Square apartment fire

March 20, 2014 Updated: March 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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photo - Clad in a bathrobe, Joanne Steadman carries her cat, Cookie Monster, as she and other residents leave their apartments after they were displaced on Wednesday morning by a fire. Lt. John Aker, with the CSFD, said three people were hospitalized after the fire on Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Many residents of the Devonshire Square Apartments near Circle Dr.. and E. Uintah St. were displaced by a fire on Wednesday morning, March 19, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Clad in a bathrobe, Joanne Steadman carries her cat, Cookie Monster, as she and other residents leave their apartments after they were displaced on Wednesday morning by a fire. Lt. John Aker, with the CSFD, said three people were hospitalized after the fire on Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Many residents of the Devonshire Square Apartments near Circle Dr.. and E. Uintah St. were displaced by a fire on Wednesday morning, March 19, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

The Pikes Peak chapter of the Red Cross opened a shelter Thursday evening for residents displaced by the Devonshire Square apartment fire.

A Wednesday morning fire at the complex, at 2770 E. Uintah St., sent three people to the hospital and displaced about 100 residents.

The shelter opened at the First Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Avenue around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Red Cross spokesman Bill Fortune said people displaced who register at the shelter can take pets to the Humane Society. He said he's not sure when people will be let back into the apartment complex.

Wednesday night, the Red Cross helped 18 families find temporary lodging. Some were given money for food and clothing, Fortune said.

The fire, was believed to have started in a third-story apartment, but an official cause had not been determined as of Thursday night.

Third-story residents were rescued from windows by firefighters on ladders, and the Humane Society helped rescue and shelter many family pets threatened by the fire.

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