PUBLISHED: 5:40 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Apartment fire leaves 18 homeless, Red Cross seeks monetary donations

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  People on South Franklin Street watch as an eight-unit apartment building burns on Gastineau Avenue in Juneau. For more photos, go to
A fire engulfed an eight-unit apartment building mid-morning Wednesday, April 4, at 321 Gastineau Ave. Firefighters responded with at about 10:30 a.m., and the flames were knocked down about 45 minutes later before shortly stirring up again. "We watched this happen from our office building," a witness said. "It was sad watching it burn and also watching the fire engines have to go up and around downtown Juneau to get to it."

All 18 residents of the building have been made homeless due the blaze, and have lost all of their possessions. Services provided by American Red Cross include housing, food, clothing, shoes, bedding, emotional support and emergency health needs.

Currently, the Red Cross has spent more than $11,000 in immediate emergency assistance to help the devastated families. This number could exceed more than $20,000 according to the additional emergency needs of the affected individuals. All American Red Cross emergency assistance is provided at no cost, made possible through generous donations of the public. The American Red Cross of Alaska is actively encouraging financial donations to support the relief efforts. To help make a secure donation online at or send a check to: American Red Cross of Alaska, 235 E. 8th Ave, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501.

For additional information call Kelly Hurd, public affairs office, American Red Cross of Alaska, at (907) 646-5412.