Families return to charred Orlando apartment to retrieve belongings and seek Red Cross assistance

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ORLANDO, Florida. – The 31 people who lost virtually everything except the clothes on their backs when their apartments burned down on Saturday morning returned to the Isles at East Millenia complex on Monday.

They always struggle.

The Red Cross has helped several families with immediate needs — food, clothing and temporary shelter, according to Red Cross spokesperson Duhane Lindo — but it’s not enough.

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“These people went through a lot of trauma,” Lindo said. “The Red Cross, our disaster response team was able to get out, they worked 24/7 to help people and provide emergency aid to those in need on -field.”

The most painful loss for Gordon Brown is his daughter’s freedom. Now he has to carry his disabled 7-year-old child everywhere.

“I feel a bit devastated, hurt, I lost all of our possessions, I have a little girl, she can’t walk,” Gordon said. “We lost his motorized wheelchair.”

Brown said the motorized wheelchair cost him $15,000. He is insured but now has to go to his insurance company to make a claim.

Sondra Newsome returned to the resort with her son and grandchildren seeking help.

“At 4am we were woken by a knock on the door, the fire alarm didn’t go off, the (Deputy Minister) was knocking on the door and for everyone to get up immediately as he there was a fire in the building,” Newsome mentioned. “So we left with just the clothes on our backs.”

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Donations can be dropped off at the Isles rental office in East Millenia on Lake Fountain Drive.

The Red Cross also has clothing deposit bins at all of its Central Florida locations.

You can also Click here to learn how to protect your home from fire.

Click here to find out how to become a Red Cross volunteer.

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