MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Nineteen hours after starting, a fire Christmas night continued to burn at a building that houses homeless in the centre of Minneapolis.
Firefighters received the call on Wednesday morning at about 03:00. They say the fire originated on the second floor of the Dragons Hotel on the 400 block of 10th Street South, and quickly spread through the building. In the pre-day breakout hours, flames could be shot off from the roof.
First responders have brought three people to the hospital and it is expected that everyone will recover. No one is dead in fire.
Yet more than 200 people, many of their children, now are without a sleep.
When local officials Minnesotans call to bring supplies travelers, socks, mats, blankets-for the displaced people, the reaction was immediately and overwhelming.
“I lived a long time in Minnesota and I have never seen anything here,” says Tiana Terry, one of the fire victims. ‘ So it took me more hope in my city. ‘
Terry, her husband and a girl of 5 months, got diapers, clothes, blankets and gloves donated by generous strangers.
‘ It really made my day, it really made my day a real, ‘ she said.
In just a few hours, so many offer grants came that officials had to stop accepting it. Instead, they asked people to give money.
Some who brought supplies were living on the scene to help sort and separate all. Meanwhile, those who have lost everything in fire could stay warm on the Metro transit buses nearby.
“Minneapolis is great,” says Adrienne Tousignant, a volunteer who helped with the donations.
Brothers Andrew and Brandon Brundidge provided a call for help in Cottage Grove.
“I decided we had to take some of our Christmas gifts and donate it to the children and people who lost things in the fire, as they probably have a tough Christmas,” said Andrew Brundidge.
He gave his signature Kyrie Irving basketbalsneakers to one of the children.
“I wanted to give it to a child to help inspire him and help him through hard times,” Andrew Brundidge said.
Brandon Brundidge donated his new Uno card game
“I decided to give it away because I was so excited to play it,” he said.
These donations may not be all right, but it definitely gave hope.
Firefighting staff expect to stay on the scene of fire overnight and up to Thursday with the expansion of fire points. The cause of the fire is explored.
How you can help
The Red Cross helps those who have been displaced by the fire. The next few evenings they will remain in the nearby Baptist Church in Bethlehem. Donations can be made to the Minnesota Red Cross.
In addition, Jacob Frey, mayor of Minneapolis, is that the Minneapolis Foundation established a fund that exists specifically for the internally displaced residents and families. Those who want to donate can do it here.
Frey stopped on Christmas Day on the scene of fire.
“These are real people who have a roof over their heads, who need help,” said the mayor. ‘ From all the buildings in the whole city, is this the one who is now going to go into flames? ‘