SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Smoke could be seen for miles on Tuesday as firefighters worked to get a fire under control at Crosswinds Apartments.
The Springfield Fire Department said the initial call came in around 6 p.m. on Oct. 3. Crews arrived to find an apartment on the third floor of the complex on fire.
SFD said the building suffered heavy smoke damage, but all tenants and their pets made it out safely.
Residents spent Wednesday combing through the building, searching for what could be salvaged.
The complex’s management and the Red Cross are teaming up to ensure those displaced by the fire have a safe place to stay.
“We went through, we ensured that they had accommodations,” said property manager Charlie Edmisson. “So they have accommodations and now we’re doing our best to provide them with affordable new homes.”
The American Red Cross also plays a role when people are displaced due to a fire.
“We would be called by the dispatch at the request of the fire department,” said Stacy Burks, executive director of American Red Cross Southern Missouri. “Who has offered Red Cross services to the people who are, have been impacted by the home fire.”
Although the Red Cross was not at the scene of the fire yesterday, they are making sure Crosswinds residents are taken care of moving forward.
“The Red Cross will be working with the property management company and those clients who have been impacted by these fires in the days to come,” Burks said. “To make sure they’re taken care of and to work with them to make sure that they’re provided for.”
Edmisson said she has been in touch with all of the Crosswinds residents, as this has been a difficult time for those involved.
“We’re chaperoning them through their apartments to take out their belongings to ensure their safety,” said Edmisson.
So far, the cause of the fire is still undetermined. OzarksFirst will update this story as more information becomes available.